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OICK Race Canceled!

 The 30th annual Outdoors Inc. Canoe & Kayak Race scheduled for May 7, 2011 is cancelled.

NOAA forecasts that the Mississippi River will be at least 8 feet above flood stage on the Memphis gage on May 7.  At this level, the parking area at the start of the race will be under water.

All contestants will have a full refund of their entry fees.

We strongly considered rescheduling the event in June.  After careful consideration, we realize that since the boat ramp at the north end of Mud Island is completely washed out and closed by the city with permanent barriers, the low water conditions typical of June-July present a safety hazard for race participants.  It is not part of the Memphis riverfront plan to rebuild this boat ramp.

We at Outdoors Inc. sadly regret this announcement of the permanent cancellation of the OICK Race.  

It is a tremendous responsibility to put people in the Mississippi River for recreation.  We are proud of the fact that we conducted this event for more than a quarter of a century with a flawless safety record.  We hope we have brought positive attention to the Memphis riverfront.  We are especially proud of the strong, active Memphians who have raced on the Mighty Mississippi.  Afraid of the Mississippi River?  Not the thousands of Memphians who have participated in the Outdoors Inc. Canoe & Kayak Race!

We also need to thank the US Coast Guard, the Memphis Police Harbor Patrol, the state of Tennessee TWRA, Memphis Yacht Club and all power safety boats, Bluff City Canoe Club and Memphis White Water for helping us with the event.

Thanks also to long term partners The Church Health Center, WKNO, Blue Sky Couriers, D. Canale Beverages, Memphis Convention & Visitor Bureau, The North Face, Patagonia, Chaco, Salomon, and, more recently, Miss Cordelia’s Grocery and Tom Archer custom builders.

And a special thank you to the Outdoors Inc. staff for embracing our strong commitment to leaving the park cleaner than when we found it for 30


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