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Paddle Up- The California 100 Is Back!

By | 03/25/2014

photo by Chris Flentye

There are plenty of roads in the world. Let the runners pound the pavement, watch out for cars, ice their shins, and pick asphalt out of their knees when they stumble. For those looking for a different kind of marathon- one with oak woodlands, leaping trout, and sunlight on rushing water- the California 100 could be the answer! This 100-mile one-day paddling race on the Sacramento River begins under the Sundial Bridge in Redding and finishes near Chico on May 25th.  Open to all paddle sport enthusiasts in sea kayaks, marathon canoes, surfskis, stand up paddleboards, outriggers, prone paddleboards and anything else you can paddle, the Cal 100 shows off the best of northern California's riverfront scenery. The race is presented by Rivers For Change, a 501c3 not-for-profit, founded in the Fall of 2011 to connect individuals, communities, and organizations to rivers through collaborative events and campaigns like the Cal 100 and Community Conservation Paddles, among others. RFC marries adventure and conservation within a Source to Sea holistic view of river systems. They host river clean ups at several rivers throughout the year and are partnering with Redding's upcoming Whole Earth and Watershed Festival to promote appreciation and conservation of our beautiful waterways. Many California 100 racers will make the Redding-to-Chico trek in canoes, but there will also be sea kayaks and outriggers and even some (crazy?) racers stand-up-paddling the entire 100 miles. Last year's race was capped at 100 participants and filled up fast. Most racers came from out of the area and left with a new appreciation for Redding's outdoor recreation opportunities. Rivers for Change is hoping to see double the number of paddlers this year, thanks in large part to the positive response of the inaugural event. Follow Rivers For Change on Facebook and check back at our blog for more insight into this one-of-a-kind event!  



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