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Reno River Festival Celebrates Lucky No. 7


RENO, Nev. - Known around the world as the paddle sports industry's top whitewater event, the Reno River Festival returns to kick off northern Nevada's special events season, May 7-9, 2010 at the Truckee River Whitewater Park in the heart of downtown Reno, Nev. The 7th annual event is set to celebrate its largest production ever with three days of pure fun in the sun ranging from the down and dirty debauchery of the 3rd annual Run Amuck fun run and action-packed Boatercross competition to the Holland Project's Double Dutch Battle and the ever-popular freestyle kayaking competition featuring the world's top whitewater athletes. Adding to the Festival's already enviable schedule of events is the fierce three-and-a-half-mile Stand Up Paddle Board competition and the Humans in Motion short video contest featuring a $1,000 grand prize.

And with these additions to what is already one of the region's largest special events, the 2010 Reno River Festival is preparing for one of the largest crowds it's ever seen. Nearly 40,000 spectators enjoyed the spectacle that is the River Festival in 2009 and thousands more are expected for 2010 as pros and amateurs alike prepare to hit the Truckee River once again. Adding to the entertainment is a weekend full of live music, parties, food, beer and free Yoga in the Park.

"The 2010 Reno River Festival is going to be the biggest and best in the festival's history," said Jim Litchfield, co-owner of the Reno River Festival. "We've increased this year's schedule of events and are introducing new components like the Humans in Motion short video contest and a Stand Up Paddle Board competition, the first-ever on the Truckee River, which is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. We really think these aspects, combined with our existing events, are going to draw a great crowd to downtown Reno this May."

The 7th annual Reno River Festival kicks off Friday with the junior and adult Open Freestyle competitions and Music in the Park followed by the Humans in Motion grand prize ceremony at 6 p.m. and the Reno River Festival Kick-Off and Run Amuck Packet Pick-Up Party at Imperial Bar & Lounge at 7 p.m. The festivities move into Saturday with Yoga in the Park at 9 a.m., free whitewater clinics all day long and the beginning of the professional freestyle competition as the music continues on Wingfield stage. The mud flies during that afternoon's Run Amuck relay, expected to attract more than 500 costumed runners for a twomile long, obstacled mud run, and the Holland Project's annual Double Dutch Battle across the way at Barbara Bennett Park. After a morning Yoga workout, Sunday brings more Music in the Park, a revamped Boatercross competition, the Downriver Race and the Standup Paddle Board race, new to the annual festival and the Truckee River rapids.

The Truckee River Whitewater Park is located just blocks from Reno's 24-hour gaming excitement and other attractions including dining and nightlife, golf, skiing, hiking and bike trails, lakes and a selection of art museums and galleries. For more details about the Reno River Festival, visit or call 775-784-9400 x 119.

The 7th annual Reno River Festival is held at the Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield in the heart of downtown Reno's quickly growing RiverWalk district. Attracting top whitewater athletes from around the world May 7-9, 2010, the city's $1.5-million Whitewater Park hosts the annual event, providing an easily accessible venue for adventure and recreation just steps from downtown's Reno's entertainment and gaming district. The 7th annual Reno River Festival is presented by Reno River Festival LLC.

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