This year's race will take place on the first Saturday with enough water during the period starting February 18, and ending March 11.
We know, we know - it's hard to plan four weekends in a row, and it's cold that time of year. But this is Arkansas, and that's just how whitewater works here — so dress warmly, and hope for rain.
First and foremost, no drama. After that, the rules are simple: Paddle your ass off from the starting line to dead dog beach - the best time in each class wins, that's it. This year, you'll have the option to race in one or more categories:
Short Boat (under 9'6")
Long Boat (over 9'6")
Open Boat (silly things that look like bathtubs)
Jr. Paddlers (anyone under the age of 18)
Sr. Paddlers (anyone over the age of 55)
A note on long boats - we are cutting down on the sharing of gear this year, as it screws up the timing of the starts. If you want to race a long boat, show up with one.
Also, plastic only.