Marie McAden



Pack up your paddle and try taming the Tyger

Posted 3/16/2012 8:01:00 AM

Are your ready to Tame the Tyger? I’m game. New as I am to the sport of whitewater kayaking, I plan to head up to Spartanburg County April 14 and run that bad boy.

That’s what is so cool about the Tame the Tyger Race & Festival. You can race or float down this classic upcountry Class II whitewater river, which means everyone can get in on the fun.

It’s a 7.75-mile run through swiftly moving flat water interspersed with shoaly, class I-II whitewater. Safety boaters will be on the course to help out anyone who gets into trouble and point you down the best route.

The float part of the event starts at 10 a.m. An hour later, the racers will take to the water. Spectators can watch the competitors and floaters expertly navigate — or swim — the final rapid of the course, located within view of the festival grounds.

After the carnage, it’s time to party! The festivities include kayak demos, live bluegrass music performed by Bushy Valley Boys and some mighty fine pulled pork from Bull Hawg’s BBQ.

Registration is $25 if you sign up by April 6, $30 after that date. It includes lunch, the official Tame the Tyger T-shirt, shuttle service, entertainment and the chance to win one of numerous prizes being awarded to participants.

Want to learn more about Tame the Tyger Race & Festival? Click here. Hope to see you on the river April 14.