In addition to opening their new Crooked River canoe/kayak livery operation at Tannery Park in Downtown Kent, the Kent State University Department of Recreational Services has also announced a new Crooked River race series. This race series brings together 3 different race events using the adventure race format of biking, kayaking and running to crown a Crooked Winner for the 2010 race season. The three events have been around for a couple of years but they’ve not previously been linked together. You don’t have to race all three if you don’t want to, there will still be individual race winners, but for those die-hards that have grand ambitions there’s a new podium position to aim for.
So mark your calendars and start training now. Events like this will attract some serious racers but there’s plenty of room for weekend warriors and the happy go lucky types that just like sunny days and playing in the water.
I’ve also heard through the grapevine that the KSU Crooked River livery operations are off to a great start. Plenty of river enthusiasts have taken advantage of the new service and enjoyed an afternoon working the paddles from Kent downstream to Brust Park (4.5 miles) or Waterworks Park (6.5 miles) where they are picked up and chauffered back to their cars in Kent.
Hopefully they then re-fuel at one of our favorite downtown Kent eateries.