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2009 NRC Glacier Breaker

by Chris Hipgrave
USA Wildwater
Committee Vice Chair

February 6,2009 -- Bryson City, NC

The 2009 Nantahala Racing Club Glacier Breaker Wildwater race will take place on the Nantahala River, Wesser NC on Sunday March 1st. This annual event is a classic only race and will start at the Ledges rapid and end at the old road bridge at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, about 5km downstream. Winning K1 times will be about 19 minutes. Please join us for the southeast's season opener. River releases are on an as needed energy basis the weekend before and during the week. Guaranteed practice water is available Friday and Saturday, so come up early and enjoy the whitewater and Smoky Mountains.

Schedule: Sunday March 1st, 2009

  • 9-10am -- Wildwater Registration Rivers End Restaurant
  • 10:30am -- Competitors Meeting / Boat loading NOC Rentals Parking Area
  • 11:30am -- Wildwater Race starts at the Ledges Nantahala River
  • 12:30pm -- Awards Rivers End Restaurant


  • K-1, K-1W, C-1, C-2
  • Open (all), Masters (age >40), Juniors (age 15-18), Cadets (age <14)
  • It takes 3 boats to make a class


  • The Wildwater race will be a classic race from the Ledges on the Nantahala River to the old bridge at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Class II-III Whitewater.

Entry Fees:

  • Wildwater $20.00 per person
  • USACK membership required. One-day USACK memberships available at registration.


  • Sunday March 1st, 2009
  • 9-10am Rivers End Restaurant
  • Click here to view/print the registration and waiver forms.
  • Please mail the forms and entry fee to the following address or bring it with you for day of race registration.

    Nantahala Racing Club
    2009 Glacier Breaker Wildwater Race
    P. O. Box 134
    Almond, NC 28702

For additional information or if you would like to volunteer to help with the races contact the wildwater race director, Chris Hipgrave at