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NRC Glacier Breaker

February 29 at 8:30 am - March 1 at 5:59 pm


Join NRC to celebrate the beginning of the spring paddling season at the NRC Glacier Breaker, a family-friendly slalom and downriver race suitable for all ability levels. Organizers review slalom rules, offer handy racing tips and walk the course with competitors to prepare for the event.

Course Information

Slalom: Nantahala Bridge Gates (Class 2)
Downriver Classic: The Ledges Rapid to the NOC Founder’s Bridge (Class 2 – 3)
Course Difficulty: The course is set to be beginner-friendly


Pre-registration: Online Registration closes on Thursday, February 27th.
Onsite Registration: 8:30 – 9:30 am @ Big Wesser. $5 late fee applies to onsite registrations.
Discounts: Receive a $10 discount on pre-registration and payment. No discounts for day-of registrants or payments.

2020 Event Schedule

Saturday, Feb 29
Time Location
Onsite Registration &
Athlete Check-in
8:30 – 9:30 am Big Wesser
Slalom Volunteer Meeting 10 am Big Wesser
Slalom Competitor’s Meeting 1o:30 am Big Wesser
Slalom Course Walk
with NRC Coaches
11 am Nantahala Bridge Gates
 Slalom START 12 pm Nantahala Bridge Gates
Slalom Awards Ceremony 3 pm Big Wesser
Sunday, Mar 1
Time Location
Downriver Registration 9-10 am Rivers End
 Downriver Competitor’s Meeting 10:30 am Rivers End
Downriver Classic Start 11:30 am The Ledges Rapid
Downriver Awards Ceremony 12:30 pm Rivers End


February 29 at 8:30 am
March 1 at 5:59 pm
Event Category:


Nantahala Racing Club
Nantahala Outdoor Center


Bridge Gates
13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, 28713 United States
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