Join in on the Festival fun! 2023 brings in a new event, Freestyle Throwdown, while all the classic FIBArk races like the Hooligan and Downriver races remain our most popular events.
Calling this a whitewater paddling event may be generous, but saying it is one of the most fun events of FIBArk would be right on. The Hooligan Race is open to anything that floats that’s not a boat. Hooligans dress up in costume and the winner is usually not just the fastest but often one of the few left standing, or, floating. This spectacle of “controlled chaos” is a local tradition that always produces a huge turnout. Don’t miss it!
Brought to FIBArk in the fifties, the Olympic sport of whitewater slalom racing requires paddlers to negotiate a series of gates suspended over the river through the Whitewater Park in downtown Salida. Whitewater slalom places a premium on technical skill as paddlers are timed and penalized for missing, or even touching a gate as they pass through.
tenderfoot HILL CLIMB
This one-of-a-kind race is a signature kick-off to FIBArk events. Beginning at the stop light at 1st and F Streets, participants run and scramble straight up Tenderfoot (“S” Mountain) and back down. Believe it or not, the winners do it in less than 12 minutes! Prizes go to the top three male and female competitors, middle of the pack and the oldest runner. ALL participants qualify for bragging rights!
fun for the whole family
heart of the rockies rampage
Heart of the Rockies Rampage sponsored by World Cup Skateboarding, Chaffee County Community Foundation, City of Salida, and FIBArk. This world class skateboarding competition will begin with groms and end with visiting pros from around the world competing for a purse prize. Categories also include amateurs, women's, and master's divisions.