Mother's Day Whitewater Races
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2018 MDR


Celebrating 62 Years of
Mother's Day Whitewater Races

The Mother’s Day Races were founded in the 1950’s by Los Alamos paddle boater and LANL employee, Jim “Stretch” Fretwell.  After competing at Colorado’s FiBark for many years, Stretch decided to start a paddle race closer to home on the Rio Grande, now known as the Pilar Racecourse.  The races were supported by Los Alamos’s Explorers: Post 20, The Atomic City Citizens Band Radio Club, The Los Alamos Fire Department to name a few.  By the late 1960’s, an estimated 2000 spectators leap frogged their way downstream on Highway 68 to watch rafts and kayaks twist and turn through the whitewater.

Stretch eventually handed it over to the Adobe Whitewater Club who valiantly ran the races for over thirty years until they handed it over to NMROA in 2008.  This year, NMROA and the Adobe Whitewater Club are working together to expand the races and welcomes spectator, racer and sponsor enthusiasm and support!




Pilar, NM






Friday • MAy 10

5:00pm–7:00pm  |  Camping and Pre-post social events

7:00pm  |  Dutch Oven Cook Off (dishes ready at 7!)

Saturday • may 11

8:30am  |  Volunteer Mtg @ Rio Bravo C.G.

9:00–9:45am  |  Day of Registration

10:00am  |  Kayak Long - Down River (Quartzite to County Line)

10:05am  |  Kayak Short - Down River (Quartzite to County Line)

10:10am  |  SUP - Down River (Quartzite to County Line)

11:30am  |  Slalom - Kayak and SUP (Albert's Falls - mile marker 27.5)

1:00pm  |  Down River Rodeo (Albert's Falls - mile marker 27.5)

3:00pm  |  Family Race (Rio Bravo Campground to Quartzite)

5:00pm  |   Raft 4 man (Quartzite to County Line)

5:15pm  |  Raft 6 man (Quartzite to County Line)

7:30pm  |  After Party (Rio Bravo Campground Shelter)

Sunday • may 12

8:00am  |  Announcement of trip and trip leaders

9:00am  |  At meeting points for day trips

10:00am  |  Community Paddle of Race Course

11:00am  |  KNM Program at TJB


The song of the river ends not at her banks, but in the hearts of those who have loved her.
— Buffalo Joe


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