MAY 25-26, 2013
California will have its first Paddle Sport ultra-marathon on May 25, 2013: A 100-mile paddle race from Redding to Chico along the Sacramento River.
The race is hosted by Rivers for Change with support from the California Paddle Sports Council. The California 100 will start under the Sundial Bridge on the Sacramento River in Redding, CA and race to Chico, CA. This moving water round the clock event is open to all paddle sport enthusiasts. Sea Kayak, Marathon Canoes, Surfski, Stand Up Paddle Boards, ICF sprint boats, Outriggers are all appropriate and welcome. We will host Adventure, Team, Relay and Competitor categories.
Two other Rivers For Change – Cal 100 events will take place in May:
A Community Conservation Paddle Day May 19th from the Sundial Bridge in Redding to Anderson River Park where Headwaters Adventure Co is sponsoring a BBQ for the paddlers.
A Sacramento River Clean Up on May 27th will start from Irvine Finch river access near Chico (the Cal 100 finish) and float a few miles down stream cleaning up trash as they go!
California’s longest river, the Sacramento flows south from Mt. Shasta through Oak woodlands, rolling hills, and open plains with views of Mt. Lassen to the East and the Yollo Bolly Wilderness to the west. The wide river bed accommodates reliable flows from 8,000 up to 20,000 cfs and above, yet remains a well mannered giant due to the low gradient. Largest rapids are class II at most, though current can be swift. The mild climate, sweeping vistas, easy access points and reliable flow combine to make this a wonderful venue for paddle sport of all sorts, accommodating the experienced marathoner and the first timer as well.
Expert ultra distance paddler, Carter Johnson, will be leading clinics and trainings for those interested in preparing for the event. These trainings will be appropriate for all levels, beginners welcome! The training sessions are also open to those not participating in the Cal 100 as they will be great training sessions for other races throughout the state.
Please email cal100 [at] riversforchange[.]org if you would like to volunteer at this event.