First Green River Games set for Sept. 6-8 in Saluda

Published 4:44 pm Monday, August 5, 2013

Saturday will also include a SUP race down 4.8 miles of class I and II sections of the river beginning at 1 p.m. The SUP race will begin at Wilderness Cove Campground and finish at Big Rock take-out. The top 10 racers will be invited to compete on Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Mountain SUP Class III+ exhibition event on the upper Green River, through Bayless’ Boof, which will be a ½ mile down river sprint. Sunday’s SUP exhibition race will begin at 10 a.m.

Running races will be held on Sunday, beginning with the Big Hungry Half Marathon at 8 a.m. and the Big Hungry 10k at 9 a.m.

The half marathon will take runners up steep mountainsides and along the Green River with almost 5,000 feet of elevation change.

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The Big Hungry 10k will have runners climbing up and over Long Ridge and next to the river with technical terrain.

A river race for both kayaks and canoes will also be held on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. called the Upper Green Stage Race. The race will be two parts, including a timed down river sprint and a slalom course.

All three sports – running, biking and paddling will be combined for the Silverback, which is being called the most difficult multi-sport event in the world on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Silverback is the Green River Games’ signature race that will involve three continuous and sequential disciplines of whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and trail running. Racers will begin with a kayaking leg at the Tuxedo Hydro station on the Green River and end at the first bridge on Green River Cove Road totaling about 8 miles along Class V rapids in the Narrows. Racers will then transition to the mountain biking leg in the game lands over about 8 miles and will finish with a trail run.

Participants are encouraged to register online for events at Registration will also be available at The Gorge in Saluda and the Party Place in Saluda prior to the events. Participants are also encouraged to park at the Party Place off Friendship Church Road and car pool to events during the weekend.