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Larry March Slalom Race 2017

This year’s Larry March Slalom will take place on September 9 and 10. Saturday, September 8, will be course set up day and Sunday, September 10, will be race day.

Event Schedule:

Saturday, September 9:
8:00 AM -12 noon course setup and registration.
12 noon – 2pm slalom clinic
2 pm until 4 pm – course open for practice runs.
Sunday, September 10:
8:30 am- racers meeting
9 am – 4 pm competition racing
4 pm- 4:30 pm award ceremony
4:30 til 5:30 course tear down

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Google Map Directions Note: You will be parking in the Allentown Police Academy Parking Lot. The 15th Street bridge is repaired and your GPS will route you to the parking lot.
Written Directions for those without GPS.

Hotel and Campgrounds: There are a number of hotels and campgrounds in and around the Lehigh Valley. You can Google campgrounds Allentown PA, or hotels Allentown PA and find what you are looking for. Here are some suggestions KOA Allentown, Days Inn Allentown.

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Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club and the Penn Cup

12004143_10207192581680347_2947149080617864714_n The Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club was formally organized in 1977. Now in 2017, we are holding the 41th Little Lehigh Penn Cup Slalom Race. The club offers something for everyone interested in paddling. On water and off, activities range from pool classes, informal instruction, flat water and white water trips and races, to film festivals, banquets, picnics, parties, river conservation projects, and even an occasional bike or ski trip.

The Penn Cup is a series of beginner/novice races held each year art different locations throughout the state. Each race is organized by a different paddling club. They are designed to provide user-friendly competition and expert advice for paddlers new to the sport, regardless of age.

There are many race classes within the Little Lehigh Slalom. These reflect the type of craft, the number of competitors per boat, and the ages and sexes of the participants. Many race for fun and the improvement of their paddling skills in ways that make running rivers more fun.

Some racers who have participated in our Penn Cup series moved on to nationally ranked status:

Kara Weld, 1977 National Champion (K1W)
Scott Strausbaugh, 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist (C2)
Rick Powell, 2008 National Champion (C2)
Casey Eichfeld, 2008 National Champion (C2)

Rick and Casey went on to compete with the US Olympic Team in Beijing, China in 2008.
Rick Powell update: Rick Powell competed with US Olympic Team in 2012 in London.

White Water Slalom Racing
Whitewater Slalom is a test of a paddler’s ability to combine power, speed, and precision in order to negotiate a series of 20 to 25 gates as quickly as possible. It requires pinpoint boat control, strength, stamina and concentration; it is the ultimate test of a whitewater paddler’s abilities.

Paddlers must also learn to read the water in order to use it to their best advantage. Those who can figure out how to use the river’s power to position their boat will conserve energy and usually get does the course faster. This is why you will see competitors taking different approaches to the gates, sometimes even running them backwards!

Equipment: Paddlers use either canoes or kayaks. Canoes may be either decked or open, while kayaks are generally decked boats. You might find it difficult to distinguish a decked C1 from a decked K1. K1 paddlers use a double bladed paddle and C1 paddlers use a single bladed paddle. K1 paddlers sit in their boats, while C1 paddlers kneel.

Classes: Each class has an abbreviation based on open or decked, canoe or kayak, number of paddlers, and gender of paddlers. For example, K1W is women’s single kayak and OC2M is mixed tandem open canoe. At Penn Cup races, these classes are further subdivided for Cadets (under 14), Juniors (14 to 18), and Masters (over 40).

Course: A slalom course consists of 20 to 25 gates hung over a river. The competitor must negotiate each gate in numerical order as fast as possible. Each gate consists of two striped poles suspended over the water. The poles are 3 feet apart and are either green and white (downstream gate) or red and white (upstream gate). Each gate also has a number board, which shows its place in the sequence.

Object: The task of paddlers is to run each gate in sequence, in the correct direction, and without touching them. Penalties are added to the elapsed time for any infraction. A complete slalom run without penalties is called a “clean run” and is the goal of each racer.

Single kayaks usually have the fastest times and tandem open canoes the slowest. Many races are won or lost in the upstream gates where a paddler’s control, balance, and power are all tested. Cheering paddlers is encouraged and you will often hear the chant, “up, up, up,” as racers
struggle to push their boats upstream to successfully run a difficult gate.

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Sunday July 30th. I will have a intermediate clinic on the Upper Lehigh. This is a trip for LVKCC members. We will work on the more difficult eddy lines, ferrying and making advanced moves in class 2 water.Anyone interested must have completed the beginners series or equivalent. Must haves:
Plenty of water, lunch, snacks, the big 6! A roll is not required but good to have. This will be a working class so plan on being on the river for at least 6 hours.Everyone must be willing to push themselves.Putin meet time is 8:00 am. at the Whitehaven access. Post here if your intrested.
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Chris Goose BellasCan you please have this class another Sunday please I will be in Boston that Sunday

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Kayak KarmaI'm in

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Kayak KarmaDo you want to run it on Saturday too?

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Yvonne WagnerHi Andy, Hans and I will be there. We can make 8am but would have to be up really early. Any chance you can push time back 1/2 or 1 hour so those of us who travel a distance can get a good nite sleep for your challenges?

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SZombie SzaboCrystal Leann and Michael are in !! :))

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Joshua SmithEnjoyed it last year. Looking forward to it again this year. But, like Yvonne, wouldn't mind if it was a bit later

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Andy WilliamsChris, I cannot change the date or the meet up time. This is not on an email or meet up. I will only track the group from this post. If we go above 6 people I will look for a safety boater

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Michael BevilI'm interested.

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Susan RitchieI'm in! I was just talking Sunday about how I hoped you would do this again this year, as I missed it last year. I wish it could be a bit later, too.

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Daniel RemppAndy, are you going to post this on our Meetup page?

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Jozef SemancikHi Andy. I wish that I can join too. I hope I can do it and learn something

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Charles LockettHi Andy. I would like to participate.

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David NovitskyBummer, I'm at the shore.

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Andy WilliamsHans, Yvonne, Mike Crystal,Josh, Susan, Charlie and Mark are definitely in I'm going to cut the class at 8 people.The people I just mentioned above. I will most likely need one experienced safety boater if there are any volunteers .

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Sheldon LinnWould love to help out if I wasn't going to become a grandfather this weekend ! Have a blast everyone.

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Joanne NovakSounds like an awesome opportunity Andy. Thank you for doing this. I'm sad that I work that day and when you did this last year. Hopefully next year!

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Rob HutchinsonIll be there

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Rob HutchinsonSeen you're prior post closing at 8.. Have fun

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Joe OndekHey Andy... if you still need help or have room for another I'd like to join you.

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Klever OrtizI took basic training with Jerry (jim Thorpe adv) can I have intermediate clinic with you guys ? I'm very interested 👍

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***CANCELLING**** Camping in thunderstorms isn't fun, and there will be local water this weekend. Please spread the word to anybody who was planning to come to this.

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Planning to run stony saturday, play at greenhouse sunday. Camping at QFR Friday and Saturday Night. I am at site 19. Meet Saturday at 9:30AM at the showers bridge to run shuttle. We will be putting in at showers.
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Greg SpathUpdated post with details. Meet 9:30 at the 601 bridge (seanor road) on saturday. We will be putting on at showers after running shuttle. Camping at QFR Friday and Saturday night. Sunday can be another canyon run, park and play at greenhouse park, or maybe head up to raystown for some mountain biking on the allegrippis.

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Greg SpathI'm cancelling this with the impending thunderstorms this weekend. Will be hitting local stuff instead.

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07/23/2017 River Safety & Rescue Class
ACA Level 3 Modified LVKCC Lehigh River
Glen Onoko to Jim Thorpe Access Point
Lehighton 3.6' / 1220 cfs
We had a great time on the Lehigh yesterday and were able to start building our knowledge and skills concerning River Safety and Rescue. Many thanks to Wayne Gulmantovicz and Eric Schweitzer for giving us this great learning opportunity.
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SZombie SzaboYou really need to unprivatize your friends option I can't friend you lol

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Jozef SemancikI love it.great video Bruce! Thank you to all for another beautiful day on the river👍

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Eric SchweitzerGreat Effort in learning the skills needed to be safer on your kayaking journey.

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Kayak KarmaAwesome day.. Awesome multimedia presentation Chad!

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