15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Green Race

When this year’s 20th anniversary of the coveted Green Race near Asheville, N.C., kicks off on Nov. 7, it’ll draw some of the world’s best kayakers to one of the country’s best Class V runs for little more than bragging rights and a piece of glass. Here are 15 things you might not know about it…

1. It’s Fast. The course record was set by New Zealand’s Dawson in 2012, who shaved his prior year’s winning time down 20 seconds to win in 4:10 and eclipse Andrew Holcombe’s previous record of 4:27 and Tommy Hilleke’s of 4:34 set in 2005. Since then, other paddlers have gotten close, with Pat Keller finishing in 4:14 in 2013 and Issac Levinson and Dane Jackson tying at 4:19 in 2014. Will this be the year it’s broken again?

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