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CITY OF SOUTH BEND <br />PETE Bu nGtEG, MAYOR <br />Office of the Mayor <br />CONTACT: <br />Kara Kelly, (574) 235 -5853 <br /> <br />FOR RELEASE: Monday, July 15, 2013 <br />CELEBRATION MARKS 30 YEARS FOR THE EAST RACE WATERWAY <br />Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the South Bend Parks and Recreation will celebrate 30 years of the <br />East Race Waterway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at Seitz Park and Howard Park. <br />HealthWorks! Kids Museum will host a climbing wall challenge, Hummer Hub -Bub and other <br />games. At noon, Mayor Buttigieg will accompany children who have been served by Memorial's <br />Children Hospital to the celebration. They will arrive in a wagon pulled by Express Clydesdales, <br />horses that have participated in many nationally recognized events, including the Macy's <br />Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and in 2011 escorted Prince <br />William and the Duchess of Cambridge on their visit to Calgary, Canada. <br />A brief ceremony will be held at noon to commemorate the East Race Waterway, the oldest man- <br />made whitewater course in North America. <br />"We are fortunate to have this spectacular course in the heart of South Bend," says Mayor Pete <br />Buttigieg, who will also ride a raft down the East Race on Saturday. "The East Race Waterway <br />provides opportunities to host world -class competitors while also offering a wonderful <br />recreational venue for all our residents and visitors to the City. I encourage everybody to ride the <br />rapids." <br />The man -made concrete channel produces a whitewater course with a force of about 500 cubic <br />feet per second. The resulting rapids are suitable both for experienced kayakers and first -time <br />rafters. On four occasions, the flow has been increased to allow for training by United States <br />Olympians. More than 300,000 people have made their way down the course. <br />Rafters pay $5 per person, per ride. Kayakers are charged $15 a day, but they must provide their <br />own equipment. Only cash is accepted. <br />13fM <br />