We are very proud to announce that in only their second year of competition, the Sage Raft Race team took 2nd place overall at the USRA National Championships last weekend in Oklahoma City.
2016 marked the first year for the Sage team, who finished 3rd overall in the six-person raft National Championships. In just their second year, the team has moved up the podium one spot, finishing 2nd place this year in the 4-person raft competition.
National Rafting Championship Events
Sage team members at this year’s National Championship races included Wes Zittel, Danny Zittel, Kyle Nix, and team captain, Cole Bangert. The competition included four separate events, including a time trial, slalom, and a head-to-head race. Sage was the only team to cleanly navigate all gates on the first slalom run. But each team is allowed two slalom runs, keeping their best time. And on the second run, the Ark Sharks team from Summit County took the fastest time by only six seconds.
Upcoming Rafting Competitions
With such exciting early success, the Sage team certainly plans to be back as a serious contender next year. But in the meantime, there is more rafting competition to look forward to. Today, the Sage Raft Race Team begins the competition at the CKS Paddlefest in Buena Vista. Then, they’ll make appearances at the Vista GoPro Mountain Games and FIBArk festivals later next month.
If you’re interested in a Colorado rafting adventure with Sage Outdoor Adventures and our world-class guides, give us a call at 970-476-3700 or contact us online. We’ve got a great rafting season to look forward to and we’d love to see you on the water!