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The Race

Following the path of the spring runoff, competitors start at the Continental Divide, on Monarch Pass with a backcountry ski leg, then mountain bikes carry competitors in the shadow of Mt. Shavano to the banks of the Arkansas River where whitewater kayaks take paddlers into downtown Salida for an exciting finish. Participants can compete as a team or individually.

The Salida Pole, Pedal Paddle began in 1999 and is a truly unique, multi-sport event. The Salida Pole Pedal Paddle was reborn in 2008, and had a hard core following until 2014, when it lapsed back into hibernation.  In 2018, the Salida 3P returned stronger than ever! 


Men, Women and Juniors (18 & younger) can compete individually. Men, women or mixed teams can also compete, relay style.


Online registration for the 2024 Salida 3P will open March 1, 2024.  Registration is capped at 200 participants, so register early to secure your place at the start line!  Register HERE


There are two beneficiaries to the 2024 Salida 3P!  Both are river-oriented organizations doing great work in the Arkansas Valley and surrounding communities.

The Arkansas River Trust strives to promote and enhance river related values in the Upper Arkansas Valley through parks and open space development, community outreach and education, and preserving and enhancing the ecological health of the Arkansas River.  Love that new surf wave in the Salida Whitewater Park?  The Ark River Trust and Recreational Engineering and Planning are the masterminds behind that project.

Team Colorado Whitewater Racing is also a beneficiary and the host of the 2024 Salida 3P. TCWR is a regional youth program based in Colorado with the mission of developing and supporting junior paddlers for national and international whitewater competition.

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