Paddle, bike and hike 60 miles through Oregon's Willamette Valley
Outdoor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to paddle, bike and hike 60 miles through the fertile farmlands of the Mid-Willamette Valley and past the rushing waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park as part of the inaugural “Salem River 2 Ridge Relay.”
The unique, multi-sport event and environmental symposium will take place for the first time in Salem on Sept. 16-17.
The relay is modeled after Japan’s SEA to SUMMIT, in which participants kayak across the sea, bicycle through the countryside and hike up a mountain. The event encourages participants to reflect on the importance of the natural world while enjoying outdoor activities.
On Saturday, Sept. 16, the relay will kick off with an environmental symposium from noon to 4 p.m. at Salem’s Riverfront Park Amphitheatre. The free event will highlight some of the environmental, agricultural and cultural aspects of the route, including the Willamette River and Silver Falls State Park.
The relay will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, and will consist of three legs. The first leg is a 6.2-mile paddle on the Willamette River, starting at Riverfront Park in downtown Salem.
The second leg consists of a 47.8-mile bike ride through rich farmlands, along quiet country roads with minimal traffic.
The third and final leg takes competitors on a 5.8-mile loop through the lush, green forests of Silver Falls State Park, passing several breathtaking waterfalls along the way.
Participants are welcome to compete in River 2 Ridge as part of relay team or as an individual. The approximate time expected to complete the entire course is four to seven hours.
A catered after-party will be held at Silver Falls State Park featuring local food, craft beverages and live music.
The cost to participate is $120 per individual before Sept. 1. The cost to participate as a three-person relay team is $200 before Sept. 1. To register for the Salem River 2 Ridge Relay and for more information, go to www.SalemRiver2Ridge.com.