2022 PORPA SPRINTS  

Saturday August 13, 2022 
 
 
 
For assistance or support with registration contact [email protected]
 
Together with the Spokane River Rowing Association and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, PORPA is gearing up for the first PORPA Sprints to be held at the Mudhole on Saturday, August 13th. 
 

It will be a day of fun for anybody wanting to race with rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, SUPs or rafts. 

 
All changes will be posted here, please check back often.  
 

Join Tribal members and experts in learning more about the relationship the Kalispel people have with the Pend Oreille and other rivers in the area.

 
Location
 
Priest River Recreation Area (aka Mudhole) is 0.5 miles east of Priest River, ID on Hwy 2.
Event under permit with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
 
Event Date/Time: Saturday August 13, 2022
 
7am- 1pm: races (human powered watercraft only)
1-4 pm Lunch, Kalispel Tribe presentation, and rowing shell demonstrations
 
Races 
 
Multiple Race Flights:
Experienced rowers (singles, doubles, quads, fours, eights) 1000 meters (no turn) 
Experienced paddlers 1000m  (500m + 500m with buoy turn) 
Novice rowers and paddlers  500m (no turn)
Juniors 250m or 500m choice (no turn)
Multi craft relay race 4x500m 
 
Experienced = > 1 year experience in selected watercraft
Novice = < 1 year experience in selected watercraft
Junior = 14 and under
 
Fees:
 
Adults:                                 $25.00
Minors:                                FREE
Adult T-shirt (optional)       $15.00
Minor T-shirt                       Included
Registrations for second or third event are free of charge (contact [email protected])
 
 
 
 

 

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2022 Priest River Sprints Preliminary Schedule
 
 
SATURDAY - August 13, 2022  (estimated times, may vary depending on events)
 
7:00 AM *    Priest River Recreation Area (Mudhole) gate opens.
                    Participants arrive, park, rig, set-up watercraft.
                    *please note, campers will be at the park, so 700-800 AM is quiet time.
 
7:30 AM:     Check-in opens. (Distribute race times/numbers/relay teams)
 
7:45 AM:     Safety Meeting (rowers). All experienced rowers must attend.
 
8:00 AM:     Rowers 1000m race (1st flight) start
 
8:30 AM:     Rowers 1000m race (2nd flight) start
 
9:00 AM:     Rowers 1000m race (3rd flight) start
 
9:30 AM:     Rowers 1000m race (4th flight) start
 
9:00 AM:     Safety Meeting (all remaining watercraft).
                    All experienced and novice racers must attend.
 
10:00 AM:   Experienced (more than 1 year experience) paddlers 1000m race start
 
10:30 AM:   Experienced (more than 1 year experience) SUP, Canoe, Raft 500m race start
 
11:00 AM:   Novice (less 1 year experience) and Juniors (14 and under)
                    r owers and paddlers 500m race start
 
11:15 AM:   Safety Meeting (relay racers). All relay racers must attend.
 
11:45 AM:   Relay Race (5th flight) start ~1500m 
 
1 PM:          Awards and lunch at the Picnic Pavilion
 
2 PM:          Kalispel Tribe canoe history and demonstrations
 
3 - 4 PM:     non-motorized water craft demonstrations
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Kalispel Tribe of Indians Canoes and Culture
 
2-3 pm Beach Area- Free
 

Join Tribal members and experts in learning more about the relationship the Kalispel people have with the Pend Oreille and other rivers in the area.

 

Like other tribes, the Kalispels have been profoundly influenced by their environment, with the most profound influence coming from the environment created by the Pend Oreille River they call “ntxwe”. This Kalispel word, it is said, symbolically reduces all other streams to an inferior status. It was from this river that Kalispel culture arose. The Kalispel would say “the river and we are of one mind”.
 
 
 

 

 
Non-motorized watercraft demonstrations
 
3-4 PM boat launch area. Free
 
Experienced rowers and paddlers will provide individuals an opportunity learn about and try sculling boats and paddle sports boats. All ages/abilities welcome. First come, first serve.
 
 
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General information
 
  • Race schedule times are approximate.
  • You may enter more than one event as long as you can make it to the start time for each flight. 
  • Due to time constraints and safety considerations, total number of racers will be capped. 
  • The swim beach will be available for event watercraft launches until 1 pm. 
  • All watercraft need to vacate swim area by 1 pm. 
  • Beach will reopen to swimming only after 1 pm. 
  • Motorized boat launch area will be available for launching/removing watercraft after 1 pm.
  • The Mudhole has camping quiet hours of 700-800 AM
  • Drivers adhere to 5MPH speed at all times- children will be active.
  • Water/toilets available on site.
  • Site is partially accessible for those with limited mobility.
 
SAFETY
 
COVID precautions.
Federal, State, Local and SPort Specific guidelines will be followed at all times.  check out the Quick Links above for more detailed information.
 
Water safety:
State of Idaho requires youth under 14 to wear a PFD. All other participants are strongly encouraged to wear a PFD and be a good example to the youth (some may be available for loan from PORPA and the US ACOE). There will be safety vessels monitoring the event. All racers must attend safety meeting and adhere to safety instructions.
 
 
Parking and Park Access
 
Free
 
 
Preliminary Course information
 
Rowers: 1000 and 500m events:
Straight course with side by side start. 1000m start upstream of Hwy 2 bridge, 500m course start downstream of Hwy 2 bridge.
 
Paddlers: 1000 and 500m events:
Out and Back Course start downstream of Hwy 2 bridge, turn buoy and return.
 
Multi craft relay race: ~ 2000m
Four human powered craft (at least 3 unique). Racers will pass a floating “baton” at set locations on the course. If a racer chooses to participate in the relay race during their registration, organizers will randomly assign teams of four craft to race together. 
Number of races will depend on number registered. Racers will need to have good control over their vessel to keep this race safe for all. This is a fun event designed to build friendships among the flat water boating population! Please sign up! 
 
 
 
Lunch
 
PORPA will supply BBQ coals to grill your own lunch item. Due to COVID precautions, bring your own food and drinks and join us in the picnic pavilion for camaraderie and race awards.
 
 
 
Camping at the Mudhole - 
 
 
 
Dogs 
 
Allowed on leash, but not at swim beach.
 
 
 
Rentals
 
Watercraft rentals may be available.
 
 
 
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