79 Photos - Apr 26, 2014
Photo: An unidentified kayaker runs one of the rapids just upstream of Lester Park before the start of the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 26.Photo: An unidentified kayaker runs one of the rapids just upstream of Lester Park before the start of the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 26.Photo: An unidentified kayaker runs one of the rapids just upstream of Lester Park before the start of the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 26.Photo: An unidentified kayaker runs one of the rapids just upstream of Lester Park before the start of the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 26.Photo: Lester River Race organizer Ryan Zimny goes through the pre-race instructions. Kayakers were put into two heats. While the first heat raced down the river, the other heat was positioned below each of the larger rapids with safety lines.Photo: Two unidentified kayakers receive instructions for the race.Photo: Lester River Race organizer Ryan Zimny assigns numbers to each of the racers.Photo: A kayaker decked out in her gear, which includes flotation, helmet and a drysuit.Photo: Kayakers parked at the bottom of Lester River and were driven up to the top of Lester River Road to start the race. It took the fastest racers just under 10 minutes to finish the run.Photo: Kayaks lined up along the Lester River just before race time on Saturday, April 26. Just under 20 racers competed in the second running of the Lester River Race.Photo: Kayakers loaded up their boats and headed up to the top of the Lester River for the start of the race.Photo: Spectators lined the shore of the Lester River on Saturday, April 26, to watch the race under clear, cool skies.Photo: Spectators along the shore of the Lester River for the second running of the kayak race.Photo: Spectators await the start of the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 26. Each of the rapids has a name. This one is called Naked Man. There is also Oh God, Oh Shit, Limbo, Almost Always and Mini Octopus.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down the rapid Naked Man just before the start of the Lester River Race. Locken was in the second heat so he would be a "safety boat" in the first heat, standing at the bottom of the run to help boaters who got into trouble.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down the rapid Naked Man just before the start of the Lester River Race. Locken was in the second heat so he would be a "safety boat" in the first heat, standing at the bottom of the run to help boaters who got into trouble.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down the rapid Naked Man just before the start of the Lester River Race. Locken was in the second heat so he would be a "safety boat" in the first heat, standing at the bottom of the run to help boaters who got into trouble.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down the rapid Naked Man just before the start of the Lester River Race. Locken was in the second heat so he would be a "safety boat" in the first heat, standing at the bottom of the run to help boaters who got into trouble.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down the rapid Naked Man just before the start of the Lester River Race. Locken was in the second heat so he would be a "safety boat" in the first heat, standing at the bottom of the run to help boaters who got into trouble.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down the rapid Naked Man just before the start of the Lester River Race. Locken was in the second heat so he would be a "safety boat" in the first heat, standing at the bottom of the run to help boaters who got into trouble.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down the rapid Naked Man just before the start of the Lester River Race. Locken was in the second heat so he would be a "safety boat" in the first heat, standing at the bottom of the run to help boaters who got into trouble.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down the rapid Naked Man just before the start of the Lester River Race. Locken was in the second heat so he would be a "safety boat" in the first heat, standing at the bottom of the run to help boaters who got into trouble.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down the rapid Naked Man just before the start of the Lester River Race. Locken was in the second heat so he would be a "safety boat" in the first heat, standing at the bottom of the run to help boaters who got into trouble.Photo: Spectators at the bottom of the rapid named Naked Man await boaters at the start of the Lester River Race.Photo: Spectators at the bottom of the rapid named Naked Man await boaters at the start of the Lester River Race.Photo: Kayaker Joel Decker of Carlton, Minn., makes his way down the rapid called Naked Man in the first heat of the Lester River Race.Photo: Kayaker Joel Decker of Carlton, Minn., makes his way down the rapid called Naked Man in the first heat of the Lester River Race.Photo: Kayaker Joel Decker of Carlton, Minn., makes his way down the rapid called Naked Man in the first heat of the Lester River Race.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down the rapid called Naked Man in the first heat of the Lester River Race.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down the rapid called Naked Man in the first heat of the Lester River Race.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down the rapid called Naked Man in the first heat of the Lester River Race.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down the rapid called Naked Man in the first heat of the Lester River Race.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down the rapid called Naked Man in the first heat of the Lester River Race.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down the rapid called Naked Man in the first heat of the Lester River Race.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Collins of Oshkosh, Wisc., makes his way down the Naked Man rapid on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Collins of Oshkosh, Wisc., makes his way down the Naked Man rapid on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Collins of Oshkosh, Wisc., makes his way down the Naked Man rapid on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Collins of Oshkosh, Wisc., makes his way down the Naked Man rapid on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Collins of Oshkosh, Wisc., makes his way down the Naked Man rapid on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Collins of Oshkosh, Wisc., makes his way down the Naked Man rapid on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Collins of Oshkosh, Wisc., makes his way down the Naked Man rapid on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Collins of Oshkosh, Wisc., makes his way down the Naked Man rapid on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Collins of Oshkosh, Wisc., makes his way down the Naked Man rapid on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: An unidenfitied kayaker on the Naked Man Rapid during the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 27.Photo: An unidenfitied kayaker on the Naked Man Rapid during the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 27.Photo: An unidenfitied kayaker on the Naked Man Rapid during the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 27.Photo: An unidenfitied kayaker on the Naked Man Rapid during the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 27.Photo: An unidenfitied kayaker on the Naked Man Rapid during the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 27.Photo: An unidenfitied kayaker on the Naked Man Rapid during the Lester River Race on Saturday, April 27.Photo: Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., pulls in an unidentified kayaker safely to shore after he flipped his kayak on the rapid upstream. His kayak and paddle disappeared downstream.Photo: Spectators await another kayaker to cheer on during the Lester River Race.Photo: A boater in an inflatable raft makes his way down the Lester River.Photo: A boater in an inflatable raft makes his way down the Lester River.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: Kayaker Jonathan Sisley makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: Kayaker Jonathan Sisley makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on. makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: Kayaker Jonathan Sisley makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on. makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes his way down one of the larger rapids on the Lester River.Photo: Duluth resident Andy Scheidel makes his way to one of the last rapids on the Lester River Race. At the bottom of this rapid, more than 50 spectators lined the shore and up the cliffs, cheering each kayaker along as they made their way down the course.Photo: Duluth resident Andy Scheidel makes his way to one of the last rapids on the Lester River Race. At the bottom of this rapid, more than 50 spectators lined the shore and up the cliffs, cheering each kayaker along as they made their way down the course.Photo: Duluth resident Andy Scheidel makes his way to one of the last rapids on the Lester River Race. At the bottom of this rapid, more than 50 spectators lined the shore and up the cliffs, cheering each kayaker along as they made their way down the course.Photo: Duluth resident Andy Scheidel makes his way to one of the last rapids on the Lester River Race. At the bottom of this rapid, more than 50 spectators lined the shore and up the cliffs, cheering each kayaker along as they made their way down the course.Photo: Spectators sit along the rocks at the bottom of one of the larger rapids on the Lester River.Photo: Spectators sit along the rocks at the bottom of one of the larger rapids on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down one of the rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down one of the rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down one of the rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: Kayaker Tony Locken of Chaska, Minn., makes his way down one of the rapids on the Lester River as spectators look on.Photo: An unidentified kayaker powers through one of the huge standing waves on the Lester River. When the river is running, Lester River has rapids rated class IV and V by kayakers -- some of the most challenging that can be safely run by boaters based on the International Scale of River Difficulty.Photo: An unidentified kayaker powers through one of the huge standing waves on the Lester River. When the river is running, Lester River has rapids rated class IV and V by kayakers -- some of the most challenging that can be safely run by boaters based on the International Scale of River Difficulty.Photo: An unidentified kayaker makes plunges down a rapid on the Lester River.Photo: Kayaker Anthony Ballsiger drags his boat back to the parking lot at Lester Park on Saturday before the start of the Lester River Race. This kayaker dislocated his shoulder on one of the rapids before the start of the race.Photo: Emergency rescue workers help kayaker Anthony Ballsiger who dislocated his shoulder on the river.Photo: Two Harbors kayaker Sam Nelson walks down the trail with his kayak on his back just before the start of the second running of the Lester River Race.Photo: Chaska kayaker Tony Locken shows off his latest kayaking wound. He had stitches on both sides of his head from a mishap on the Split Rock River earlier in the week.