Salida's FIBArk Returns This Summer
Salida’s FIBArk river race and festival coming up June 11-15th – the 66th Annual repeat of this world-famous race – you’ll want to make plans to be in Salida or Buena Vista for the whole 4-day event. After all, there’s no better way to feel the rush of whitewater racing than standing along the banks of the mighty Arkansas River – swollen with snow melt and raging (likely) 5 or 6 feet higher than normal – watching professional kayakers from all over the globe scream, swirl, flip and tear by. Well – except maybe actually BEING one of the kayakers.
A quick history
FIBArk – which stands for “First in Boating on the Arkansas” – was established as the nation’s oldest and boldest whitewater festival in 1949, and has been Salida’s signature event ever since. Over the years, the racing crafts have changed, and now the kayak is generally the accepted racing vehicle, owing to its versatility and ability to maneuver on the fast-moving – and sometimes just plain deadly – whitewater caused by Spring runoff. But there are still a few brave souls that venture into the midst of the mighty Arkansas in just about any type of floating craft you can imagine (and a few that simply don’t have a chance), for the annual Hooligan Race (Check out this video for a taste of the fun). You’ll want to be here to see this, and Chaffee County has all the amenities you need right in town. Book your stay today!
Multiple events for every competitor – or spectator
This year’s FIBArk, sponsored by Buena Vista’s Eddyline Brewing, promises to be more than just memorable, too. Centered around Riverside Park – right in downtown Salida – the entire FIBArk festival features much more than just a kayak race. There’ll be on-land races like the FIBArk Hill Climb, 5K/10K Road Races, a 10K Trail Run and the Arkansas Hills Mountain Bike Races (bikers are divided by age and experience – so your younger racers can compete, too). Of course, there will also be live music, great food, art, craft and jewelry vendors – and much more! Now is the time to make plans to be here – so you can see just how much this is Colorado.