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The Rio Grande Grand Race


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Part of a 4 show Iditarod Inservice unit where students design an historical race based on the Iditarod.

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The Rio Grande Grand Race

  1. 1. The Rio Grande Grand Race The Big Big River Experience “ Elephant Butte” by Peter Hurd V.B
  2. 2. Checkpoints <ul><li>Canutillo </li></ul><ul><li>Sunland Park </li></ul><ul><li>El Paso </li></ul><ul><li>Socorro </li></ul><ul><li>San Elizario </li></ul>Start Finish III-IV
  3. 3. Historical Background <ul><li>This race was started in 1966 to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Elephant Butte Dam which was completed in 1916. </li></ul><ul><li>The race is 106.9 miles long- A treaty settled the water rights dispute in 1906; The river is 1960 miles long </li></ul><ul><li>Each crew is made up of 2 people; one American and one Mexican to celebrate the cooperation between the two countries </li></ul>V.A
  4. 4. General Rules <ul><li>Vehicles must be human powered only. No motorized vehicles will be allowed. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants will remain in the river area, defined as the area from levee to levee, at all times during the race. </li></ul><ul><li>Polluting of the river will be grounds for immediate disqualification from the race. </li></ul>V.C
  5. 5. Logo <ul><li>The Blue represents the Rio Grande </li></ul><ul><li>The Green represents Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>The Red represents the United States </li></ul>V.D
  6. 6. Required items <ul><li>A minimum of 5 rolls of duct tape </li></ul><ul><li>2 bailing buckets, minimum 2 gal.each </li></ul><ul><li>Crew flag identifying sponsors, Minimum 2’ X 4’ </li></ul><ul><li>“ Boat” of any material, must support safety equipment </li></ul>V.C
  7. 7. To the winner … <ul><li>$1906 Dollars & $1960 Pesos </li></ul><ul><li>2 trips for 4 to go white water rafting in Colorado and in Big Bend </li></ul><ul><li>Tickets to the Cinemark Theater and the premier showing of the movie, The Big River, starring River Phoenix, Kevin Costner, and Mel Gibson </li></ul>Extra credit
  8. 8. Special Awards <ul><li>The Silvery Minnow Award- awarded to the crew who shows the most concern for the river as voted on by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service </li></ul>The Mockingbird Award- awarded to the crew who comes in last with an intact boat
  9. 9. More Special Awards… <ul><li>Duct Tape Award- awarded to the crew with the most unusual use of the duct tape. The winner will receive 1960 miles of duct tape </li></ul>Quack Adhesive