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Published on novembre 5th, 2018 | by Kayak Session https://kayaksession.com/img-current-issue/upload-your-video.png

INSIDE the 2018 Green Race #4 – Final Report & Results

Like every year whitewater legend Shane Benedict is covering the Annual Green Race for us at Kayak Session mag. Here is the wrap up article. A Huge thanks to him and to you all people of the Green Race!

The 23rd Green Race is in the books and the more things change the more they stay the same.  There were four big noticeable changes in this year’s Green Race compared to past years.

©Marc Hunt – The crowd was next level! More than 2000 people lined the banks, filled the trails and paddled through the Green River to watch and be a part of the 23rd Green River Narrows Race.

©Marc Hunt – Dane Jackson crushed the race this year winning both short and long boat class by 8 seconds in each race!

©Marc Hunt – Stephen McGrady (left) Matt Anger (center) and organiser John Grace (far Right)

The overall paddling by the racers took a giant step forward this year.  During practice sessions, there was hardly any carnage! It’s great to see everyone paddling so well but it makes it harder to spice up my videos. On race day I would call it easily the cleanest overall Green Race to date.  One stat that supports this claim is that out of the 172 entrants 82 broke the 5-minute barrier while only 2 years ago that number was 59. Just as a reminder a 4:59 won the first ever Green Race. This year you had to finish with a 4:22 to make the top 10. 4:22 would have been 3rd in 2016, and would have won in 2011.

©Marc Hunt – Holt McWhirt flying his Pyranha 12R into into 3rd place

©March Hunt – Jeremy Nash who won junior and was ninth overall, is standing with Colin Hunt.

©Marc Hunt – Michael Ferraro down Gorilla

©March Hunt – Support is essential and there is plenty at the Green Race.

Holt McWhirt and Jeremy Nash were the biggest dark horses we have witnessed in Green Race history.  Last year Holt placed 26th and Jeremy was 45th and they were both more known more for their freestyle slicey boat antics.  This year Holt took 3rd place and Jeremy was the first Junior to crack the top 10. The entire KLCG crew were fast at the race and loud at the party!

©Rachel Fleischut – The entire KLCG crew were fast at the race and loud at the party!

©Marc Hunt – Former Green race winner, Isaac Levinson ended up in 4th position.

©Marc Hunt – Last year 4th place finisher Colin Hunt hitting on Gorilla

©Marc Hunt -Brad McMillan in action

Finally! The Green Race had a festival!  Hikers, paddlers, and paddling companies all joined up along the Green River for an epic bash and celebration of the day. Live music, food trucks, beverages, videos, slideshows and giveaways made for a fantastic evening.

©Don Frank

©March Hunt – Absolute legend Andrew Holcombe

©Marc Hunt – Liquidlogic founder Shane Benedict

Though there have been many changes in this event, there are 5 things that have stayed the same.  Adriene Levknecht, Pat Keller, Eric Deguil, Isaac Levinson, and Dane Jackson have dominated this event for the past decade. This year is no different as Dane and Adriene both broke records and crushed the field in both long and short boat classes. Leaving the question, who will challenge them in the future?  There are so many fast young rippers on the way up but we missed having Eric Deguil here to defend his title, and where are Mike Dawson, Gerd and Aniol Serrasolses, Vavra Hradilek, and Nouria? We’d love to see you all here as well.

By: Shane Benedict

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Men Long Boat Top 10

1 Dane Jackson 04:10.2 Jackson Karma Unlimited
2 Pat Keller 04:18.2 Liquidlogic Stinger
3 Holt Mcwhirt 04:18.4 Pyranha 12R
4 Isaac Levinson 04:19.0 Pyranha 12R
5 Stephen McGrady 04:19.2 Liquidlogic Stinger
6 Michael Ferraro 04:19.4 Pyranha 12R
7 Matt Anger 04:21.1 Pyranha 12R
8 Brad McmMillan 04:21.7 Dagger Green Boat
9 Jeremy Nash 04:22.0 Pyranha 12R
10 Toby MacDermott 04:22.5 Liquidlogic Stinger

Women Long Boat Top 5

1 Adriene Levknecht 04:31.3 Dagger Green Boat
2 Erin Savage 05:17.1 Liquidlogic Stinger
3 Emily Shanblatt 05:27.9 Dagger Green Boat
4 Carrie Schlemmer 05:36.6 Dagger Green Boat
5 Jessie Rice 26:15.4 Dagger Green Boat

Men C1 long Boat

1 Tad Dennis 00:04:25
2 Jordan Poffenberger 00:04:55 Liquidlogic Stinger

Men K1 Short Boat Top 10

1 Dane Jackson 04:28.0 Jackson Nirvana
2 Isaac Levinson 04:36.0
3 Brad McmMillan 04:47.0
4 Hunter Katich 04:58.0 Dagger Phantom
5 Isaac Hull 04:59.0
6 Blake Miller 05:00.0 Dagger Phantom
7 Clay Wright 05:03.2 Jackson Nirvana
8 parke miller 05:04.6 Jackson Karma M
9 Christoph Berenotto 05:06.5 Blackfly Option
10 Dion Carroll 05:17.3 Pyranha Machno

Women K1 Short Boat

1 Adriene Levknecht 00:04.51
2 Heidi Walsh 13:30.8 Jackson Nirvana

OC1 

1 Jordan Poffenberger 06:39
2 Phil Prince 09:07 Blackfly Option

K1 Hand Paddling

1 Geoffrey Calhoun 00:05:34 ShortK1HP

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