Thursday, May 28, 2009

Harpers Ferry Raft Guide Race!



  Last Thursday May 21st, 2009, 12 raft teams gathered along the banks of the Shenandoah River to race for The Coveted Doah Cup. The level was 3.8 on the Millville gaugeASCI was coming down in an attempt to hijack the Cup, but had to decline @ the last moment, causing quite a stir among the local teams. 

  Our independent team from the US Coast Guard was in stealth mode, sneaking in a practice run with long time Shenenadoah guide, Doug Spindle Krutsinger, at the helm. They looked serious from the sign in to the finish line.

  At the finish line 1st through was Team Struggle from River & Trail at 37:04. This was River & Trails first ever Doah Cup victory, congratulations! 2nd was the Coast Guard in 37:55, followed closely by Team Analog from River & Trail at 37:57! 
  There was a new rule in place this year, the bib wearer in each raft had to exit the raft as it touched shore at Potomac Wayside and run to the bottom of the big hill with their hand over the bib and stop time! Thank you to CROCS for sponsoring the race!
 That being said, Team Struggle walks away with the new shoes! 

  Congratulations to all of the racers. You will be happy to know you all raised $600.00 towards river conservation! Awesome job.
  Thanks to our local outfitters Butts, River Riders, and River & Trail for supporting the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival and Tim Gavin Downriver Race, Butts for hosting the after race party!
Don't forget: 
JUNE 20TH THE SHENANDOAH RIVER WILL BE RELEASING FROM THE MILLVILLEHYDRO STATION, WE ARE EXPECTING TO HAVE 3-3.5' ON THE MILLVILLE GAUGE THAT DAY FROM 9A-3P, ALL DEPENDENT ON NATURAL FLOWS





Here is a list of the results of the 5th Annual Quest for the Coveted Doah Cup.
1]Team Struggle- River and Trail 37:04 Kyle Gagnon Austin Russell Andy Mollohan Jermiah Carroll & Jake Rakowski
2]Coast Guard- 37:55 Chuck Davis, Erich Krueck, Ben Durrant, Doug Spindle Krutsinger, & Bill Rogers
3] Team Analog- River and Trail 37:57 Dave Hubbard, Sam Hubbard, Mark Hill, Jason One, ilEZ Everett
 Ruppert, Chris Carman, Shane Labrush
4] Team Ram Rod- Butts Tubes 38:13 Brendan Lingg, Jeff Isakson, John Keeney, John Marstan, William "Fatman"Stubbs
5] Team Catfish- River Riders 38:23 Isaac Kerns, Alex Kerns, Buckwheat, Meghan Williams
6] Mauve Avengers- River Riders 38:49 Chris Goodell, Cliff Ryland, Joe Martin, Genelle Botje, Tanner Haid
7]Gitbox revenge, AKA Red Rockets- Butts 39:12 Eric Crash Vance, Eric Mojo Morrison, Mike Metro McCauley, Kevin Tsunami Tsuneishi, John Sickenburger 
8]Unguided Missle- Butts 40:15 Rhett Colwell, Ryan Colwell, Chris McMunn, Tom Harosky, Ben Kirkendall, Michael Clevencer
9]Haz Beens- River & Trail 40:39 Moose Terry Milligan, Robert Mcimteer, Margaret Schill
10] Team Vag- River& Trail 43:01 Alyson Whitacre, Emily Reese, Maddie Vidmar, Sarah Maxley Sarah Bidinger
11] Lanky Pants- River Riders53:47 Nikk Bonneau, Ben Case
12] Blue Ridge Representin' Mitch Grove, Richard, Artie, Ciera Boggs, Tanya Hapgood.
  They were slow but set new course record with 30 beers consumed supposedly! Prepare for next years race, more independents coming into town in an attempt to hijack the Cup, will River & Trail repeat? Will ASCI show, or the Coast Guard improve slightly to take the Cup???Awesome race folks, we will see you all again next May for the paddlin' of The 6th Annual Quest for the Coveted Doah Cup!
Written by Lisa
Thanks to all the HFOF volunteers for putting on another great race!
And a special shout out to all the River Riders guides who put in a hard paddle, especially the when we discovered Ben and Nik paddled so hard they broke the oar." 
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