Monday, April 22, 2013

Elite Paddling Competition Coming to Dickerson

Top paddlers from across the country will compete right here in Dickerson in the last major slalom event before the US National Team Trials. This is an elite-level race for experts, and we’re proud to have the event in our county. The Dickerson Elite Race will take place May 4 and 5.

In 1991, Pepco allowed the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center to build an artificial whitewater course in the existing outflow canal of their Dickerson Generating Station simulating the 1992 Olympic course in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain. The Dickerson Generating Station is now owned by GenOn which continues to maintain a partnership with PWRC to provide the course. When the plant is generating electricity, the river water gets warmed as it is used to cool the coal fired generators, making for a great paddling environment.

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