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The Race

Following the path of the spring runoff, competitors start at the Continental Divide, on Monarch Pass with a backcountry ski leg, then mountain bikes carry competitors in the shadow of Mt. Shavano to the banks of the Arkansas River where whitewater kayaks take paddlers into downtown Salida for an exciting finish. Participants can compete as a team or individually.

The Salida Pole, Pedal Paddle began in 1999 and is a truly unique, multi-sport event. The Salida Pole Pedal Paddle was reborn in 2008, and had a hard core following until 2014, when it lapsed back into hibernation.  Starting in 2018, the Salida 3P is back!  The Boathouse Cantina in downtown Salida will serve as packet pick-up and host an after party and awards ceremony for competitors and their families/friends.

***03/01/2019 Update***

The Pole Pedal Paddle abides!  Here’s some changes:

  1. The mountain bike route is changing from previous routes!  The course is shorter and we’ve minimized highway crossings. It’s now a completely gravel route.  Check out the maps!
  2. Registration will include an event T-shirt in the athlete bag this year, as long as you register on-time by March 29, 2019 at noon.  Participants registering after that date and time won’t receive a t-shirt, unless we have extras.
  3. There was confusion last year regarding which participants belonged in which waves on race morning.  That won’t be an issue this year.
  4. Check out the 3P Facebook group for ongoing event and course updates through the spring.


Men, Women and Juniors (18 & younger) can compete individually. Men, women or mixed teams can also compete, relay style.


Individual: $70 on time, $75 after 3/29

Team: $150 on time, $160 after 3/29 

Online registration will open March 1, 2019.  Registration is capped at 100 participants, so register early to secure your place at the start line!


Ark Valley River Riders is a joint effort between FIBArk Community Paddling Center and Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC) to encourage, train and promote local youth participation in whitewater sports.

Salida Mountain Trails is an all volunteer organization committed to building and maintaining sustainable, non-motorized, multi-user trails on public lands adjoining the city of Salida.

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