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Cullowhee Canoe Slalom coming to Tuckaseigee River on Sept. 22

WCU students compete in a previous Cullowhee Canoe Slalom.

The ninth annual Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus, will be held on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22.

Competition will begin at 9 a.m. at the Locust Creek put-in, just downstream from the greenway bridge on Old Cullowhee Road. The course will include nine gates on flat but moving water and competition with canoes, kayaks and paddle boards.

WCU staff member Todd Murdock and his son Griffin Murdock head toward a gate during a canoe race.

Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided, but kayakers and paddle boarders are expected to bring their own boats. All participants should have closed-toe shoes, money for the on-site food truck, a water bottle and clothes that can get wet.

Registration is $5 per person/per event and available at this website. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, and will not be available the day of the event.

The course will be open for practice from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Event hosts are students from WCU’s Parks and Recreation Management Program and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. Proceeds will benefit the Parks and Recreation Management Scholarship Fund.

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