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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.  Now in 2018, the Salida 3P is back!  The Boathouse Cantina in downtown Salida will serve as the finish line and host an after park and awards ceremony for competitors and their families/friends.

***3/22/18 Update*** We’ve been fielding questions about the status of the race with the variable snowpack this year. Here’s some answers.

1) If the snowpack holds, we’ll continue on as the 3P we’ve all come to love. We may be able to get a sled on the ski route to pack down the snow and hold it a bit longer.

2) If there actually is NO snow, we’ll convert the Pole Pedal Paddle to a Plod Pedal Paddle and run the course from Monarch down to Fooses. And we’ll do our best to cut a path through any remaining snow patches to minimize postholing.

3) We’ll announce the POLE vs PLOD verdict in the first week of April.

4) Life is an adventure. This is an adventure race! Enter the race knowing that your money is going to further the athletic endeavors of local youth. Please don’t ask for a refund if you don’t like the variable conditions this year. All competitors are in the drawing to win some AMAZING prizes at the after party!


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


Individual registration is $60, Team Registration $100.  Late registration (after 4/6) will be $75 and $145.  Online registration will open March 1, 2018.  Registration is capped at 100 participants, so register early to secure your place at the start line!


The Salida 3P Race will benefit two local youth programs. Chaffee County United is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing competitive opportunities to soccer players in Chaffee County and the surrounding communities.  Ark Valley River Riders is a joint effort between FIBArk and Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC) to encourage, train and promote local youth participation in whitewater sports.

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