Bellefonte Slalom Race
By Jon Nelson
The annual Bellefonte Slalom will be held October 13-14 at the Sunnyside Paddling Park. This year it is jointly sponsored by CC of CC and the National Slalom Training Center #9 race committee.
A slalom has been held annually (almost) at this site since 1967, making it one of the oldest races in the nation. Numerous national champions, team members, and Olympic medalists have paddled on the course, especially during their formative years as racers.
Saturday is used for open practice on the course, and race runs on Sunday are from about 9am to 3pm. For the formal schedule and an entry form, go to the TMO web site: http://www.tusseymountainoutfitters.com/brochures/bellefonte_entry_form_2012.pdf
Here is a summary of the Race Schedule and points of interest or tasks:
1) Course Construction — we put up the race gates from about 1pm to 5pm on Friday, October 12. Come out and help (and learn how to tie a doubled taut-line hitch). No special skills required.
2) Race Assistant — if you are not interested in racing or spectating, you can volunteer to help out as a race assistant, with judging, scoring, timing, etc. You need not stay the whole day, but assistance for one whole group is appreciated. We will teach you what you need to know about judging.
3) Novice Racer — this year there is special novice class for first time racers. Sign up and get a friend to sign up as well. See who can take home the TOP DOG title in the novice class. Any and all plastic boats welcome. Heck, if you want to race an ocean kayak, we will take your $5.
4) Spectator — not interested in any of the above, then come over to Bellefonte as a spectator and enjoy a fine early autumn weekend by the stream.