The Southwest Environmental Center’s sixteenth annual Raft the Rio will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 on the Rio Grande, near Las Cruces. This awesome event is open to individuals and teams of all ages willing to get wet and have fun.
The three-mile rafting race will begin at La Llorona Park at the Picacho Street bridge, and end just a little past the Calle del Norte Bridge (“Mesilla Bridge”). Refreshments, food vendors and live music will be waiting for you at the Finish Line Festival.
Prizes will also be awarded to homemade boats in the following categories:
• First to finish
• Least likely to finish (must be floating at start of race)
• Best use of recycled materials
• Best theme
• Champion of the River
• Best mascot
There are two different divisions: Kids and Open. Prizes will be awarded in both divisions. The Kids Division race begins at 10 a.m. sharp, followed by the Open Division at 10:15. To be eligible for the Kids’ Division, at least half the sailors on a boat must be under 13 years of age.
Thanks to the release of irrigation water from the Caballo Reservoir there is plenty of water for rafting! Teams may register at the starting line beginning at 8:00 a.m., or in advance by contacting the Southwest Environmental Center. You can download registration materials here, but you have to register in person at SWEC (M-F, 9-6) or at the starting area on the day of the event beginning at 8 am.
There is an entry fee of $20 per raft in advance (or $25 on race day), plus $5 for each crew member 13 years and older (after the first two). Motorized craft are not allowed. New Mexico law requires that all participants wear personal flotation devices. In keeping with the environmental spirit of the event, participants are encouraged to minimize their purchase of new materials for making rafts.
Want to help? We need lots of volunteers for this event, from parking control to registration to safety boats. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
For more information visit: https://www.wildmesquite.org/