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Reno River Festival Takes Over Wingfield Park

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Kayakers from around the world are in the Biggest Little City this weekend for the 10th Annual Reno River Festival.

Nearly 100 kayakers will hit the Truckee River from Wingfield Park, and many of them traveled hundreds of miles just to be here.

"It's really good. I drove 850 miles for it," says Jud Keiser, a competitor from Washington state. "The city puts on a great event here."

The competition starts Saturday at 10 a.m.

"Reno's a really nice city," says Alec Voorhees. "It's really similar to Boise, where I'm from. There's a whitewater park right in the middle of downtown."

The kayakers hopped in the water Friday to get a feel for the courses.

"It's really fun just to go out on a hot day and cool off and you get to see new places," says Hayden Voorhees. 

The festival welcomes all age groups, and even includes world kayaking champions and former Olympians. Our city has one of the only urban whitewater parks in the nation.

Nearly 30,000 spectators are expected to show up Saturday and Sunday. And because this community embraces the festival so much, kayakers say they will continue showing up for years to come.

"It's one of the top events on my list as far as participating in," says Keiser. "Because of how Reno treats the athletes and just the whole event itself."

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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