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Friday, May 4, 2001 -- Albright, WV
Cheat Canyon Downriver Race

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2000 Cheat River Massacre-ence
Cruising in a Wildwater at the Cheat River Massacre-ence
This race kicks-off the 7th Annual Cheat River Festival

The Cheat race will take place in the Cheat River Canyon, over the 10.1mile stretch of whitewater from the town of Albright to the Jenkinsburg bridge. The degree of difficulty of the whitewater varies due to rainfall. During the past 5 years, water levels have ranged from 2' to 3.75'. These are considered medium flows with the rapids rated between class III and IV.

A unique aspect of this race is that it employs a mass start. All contestants begin at the same time, competing head to head. While the beginning can be a little crowded, the paddlers usually break off into smaller groups after a mile or so. If you are new to the river or to racing, this type of start allows you to bring a friend to race with or mix in with other boaters. It's all about having fun and following someone is by no means illegal.

For More Race Details: Cheat Canyon Downriver Race Page

Race Contact: Friends of the Cheat
or call (304) 329-3621,

Bonus: There's an additional party this year plus prizes courtesy of Rocky Mountain Kayak!

Check the Cheat River Gauge at Albright, WV: The USGS Web Site

The 2000 Past Race Facts:

  • 54 paddlers last year
  • Race Winner: Jesse Whittemore with a time of 1:04:27
  • Temperature: Hot, hot hot!
  • River Level: Albright gauge read close to 2.5 feet
  • Distance: 12 long miles

About the Cheat Festival... The Festival is held outdoors at the Confluence of Muddy Creek and the Cheat River in beautiful Albright, West Virginia. All kinds of local & regional Musical talent will be featured such as, Folk, Bluegrass, Celtic, Country, Acoustic Rock, and Rock-n-Roll! Come eat Great Food, and take part in fun Family Activities! All proceeds from this benefit go to The Friends of the Cheat & WV Rivers Coalition.