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Kayaking: Sprint Nationals begin Thursday on Oklahoma River

by Ed Godfrey Published: August 7, 2013

The best kayakers in the United States will be racing on the Oklahoma River during the next four days.

The Boathouse District in Oklahoma City is the host for the USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships Thursday through Sunday.

At stake are national titles in different age divisions and a variety of boat classes.

Racing will be in bantam (ages 13 and younger), juvenile (15 and younger), juniors (17 and younger), seniors (18 and older elite athletes) and masters (30 and older).

Boat classes include canoe single, double and four-person crews, paracanoe and kayak single, double and four-paddler crews.

Approximately 400 athletes from across the country are competing beginning at 8 a.m. each day. On Friday night, there will be series of exhibition races under the newly installed lights on the Oklahoma River.

Among the competitors this weekend will be Dylan Puckett, 17, of Jones, who will be racing for his fifth consecutive national title, and Bria Cornforth, 14, of Oklahoma City, who was the youngest competitor in the 2013 USA Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Team Trials.

This is the third time Oklahoma City has been the host for the national championships. The races were also held in Oklahoma City in 2008 and 2010.

USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships

Where: Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River

When: Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.- 10 a.m.;

Exhibition: There will be a series of exhibition races under the lights on Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission: Free

Vendors: Food trucks will be on-site all four days

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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