NEWS FLASH! In 2016, Rivers for Change added 25 and 50 mile options to the epic California 100, all starting together under the Sundial Bridge early on June 11, 2016! This means the race is ON for any and everybody! There is plenty of time to train and partake in the magic of the Sacramento River. We’re stoked!
I’m stoked! I went to go test paddle the River in late, cold, December. I was graced with the amazing hospitality of the “Crew” up in Redding. What I thought would be a decent river trip with nice people with my 19′ old school unlimited SUP board without a leash, turned into a beautiful experience with outstanding personalities whom I didn’t know before arriving. Aloha can so be found in cold places. So can bright, oversized drysuits in school bus yellow color. Once again- the paddling communities who paddle the River between Redding and Chico- the boundaries of the California 100- blow me away.
Back to the race. The California 100 will continue to be a pinnacle event for incredible paddle athletes. A 100-mile ultramarathon paddle race, in one day, is big time! If you are thinking about racing, hats off to you! R*e*g*i*s*t*e*r already, it’s open. 100 miles, 50, or 25 miles. Relay options. Open category for Adventure Class athletes who want to paddle a box down the river, or Competitive Class for those seeking the podium. No paddler left behind! -ish.
Three California 100 Training Clinics are scheduled for Saturdays in March, April, and May. Address distance paddling preparedness in the first. Breakdown a powerful forward stroke in the second. The third clinic is for finding your sea legs moving downstream on a river, which- ha!- can befuddle even the most seasoned Neptunian. Also, you will get a sneak peak and get your line for the first section of the race.
There’s something I want you to think about: The California 100 is an awesome thing in its own right for the paddling, but the race is 99.9% volunteer run by loving, hard-working individuals who give wholeheartedly. Race proceeds, and 100 percent of donations in general, support Rivers for Change in developing programming. We connect people to rivers. By doing so, we create stewards of the rivers and waterways we enjoy as paddlers.
This year we’ve also moved to a pledge format. Each racer pays a much smaller entry fee from previous years, at $56, but must raise $200 to race. This part. This is where we hope to increase revenues from the race, so that Rivers for Change can cover the costs of the race, but also funnel funds into programming. Programming that inspires a generation of river stewards and beyond.