Annual Rio Grande raft race and festival set for June 14th
The Southwest Environmental Center’s 17th annual Raft the Rio will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 on the Rio Grande, near Las Cruces. The family-friendly event is open to individuals and teams of all ages willing to get wet and have fun. Creativity and the use of discarded materials in building rafts are highly encouraged.
The three-mile rafting adventure will begin at La Llorona Park beneath the Picacho Street bridge, and end just upstream from the Calle del Norte Bridge (“Mesilla Bridge”). There will be refreshments, food vendors and music at the Finish Line Festival.
Prizes will be awarded to homemade boats in the following categories:
- First to finish
- Least likely to finish (must be floating at start of race)
- Best use of recycled materials
- Best theme (most thorough application of a theme to vessel and crew)
- Champion of the River (best promotes appreciation for the Rio Grande)
- Most Spirited (most enthusiastic crew)
- Best mascot (a new category this year—actually an old category brought back!)
The river will be running nicely, due to releases of irrigation water from Caballo Reservoir. Teams may register at the starting line beginning at 8:00 a.m., or in advance by contacting the Southwest Environmental Center. You can download registration materials here, but you have to register in person at SWEC (M-F, 9-6) or at the starting area on the day of the event beginning at 8 am.
Want to help? We need lots of volunteers for this event, from parking control to registration to safety boats. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
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