Blue Ridge Outdoors Weekend Picks
The Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races, March 1-2, 2014
The Alabama Cup Racing Series near Garden City, Alabama, is made up by the Locust Fork Invitational, Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races and Locust Fork Whitewater Classic races, managed and promoted by the Alabama Cup Racing Association (ACRA). According to the Series website, courses consist of 25 gates, set on class Il/lll rapids approximately100 yards long. Race courses are spectator friendly with walking trails beside the courses.
The Alabama Cup Races have been around since 1992 and, according to the group, were developed to acknowledge the best racers of the three events: The Mulberry Fork Canoe & Kayak Races started in 1981, and in 1991 the Locust Fork Invitational began, followed a year later the Locust Fork White Water Classic.
According to the group’s website, each race is managed by specific committees comprised of members of state paddling organizations, conservation groups, and the paddling community at large. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. The races feature a raffle, silent auction, food, live entertainment, awards banquet, environmental education, and more in a family friendly environment.
Races are dependent on rain fall. All racers must wear an approved PFD and helmet and all boats must have appropriate flotation. Safety boaters will be on the course at all times.
Saturday – Championship Slalom, Downriver and Boater cross
Sunday – Cruising and Novice Slalom
Visit AlabamaCupRaces.com for more info.