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The 35th Annual Animas River Days: A "Zero Waste" Event

The 35th Annual Animas River Days: A "Zero Waste" Event

It’s summer in Durango, which means a few things: the tourists start to flock, the locals pull out their mountain bikes and Mexi loggers, and of course, the Annual Animas River Days are back. This year, Durango will be a part of a 35 year tradition that celebrates our beloved Animas River, also known as “The River of Lost Souls.” It truly is a community wide event that hosts all types of river-floaters, and Durango has had the pleasure of hosting the U.S. National team trials for freestyle, slalom and wild water events multiple times as well as the U.S. National Championships in slalom and open canoe slalom.

Make your way down to Santa Rita park on Saturday, June 2nd for vendors like Toast Mobile Lounge, food, beer and activities for kids too. From 8:30AM-5:30PM, enjoy a full-packed day of freestyle, kayak and canoe slalom, SUP competitions and the infamous River Parade (which is always a crowd pleaser). Click here for a full description of all those races.

Once you’ve spent the whole day working on your tan and spectating by the river, be sure to stay for the Parade Viewing Party from 6:00-7:30PM and get down to a river-side DJ set. Later on at El Rancho Tavern, catch the live music performance by J-Calvin’s Funk Express.

Since the Whitewater Park has re-opened in 2014, Durango and the Animas River have been officially put on the map as a world class destination for competitive kayaking and canoeing. Known for its exceptionally entertaining events and riveting races, now Animas River Days will be known additionally for being one of the first events in Durango to go “Zero Waste.” This year’s Animas River Days will be the first of the campaign to reduce waste at the event and the hope is to be completely waste free by 2020.

So, what does it mean to be “Zero-Waste?” For starters, every participant will register online along with waivers to volunteer and compete. Food and beer vendors (Ska Brewing will be attending!) are encouraged to use sustainable plates, cups and utensils and water fill stations will be provided. Additionally, recycle bins, trash cans and iCanCompost stations will be placed throughout the park to encourage attendees to keep our favorite river clean.

It’s all about reducing the amount of trash that eventually gets piled up into a landfill and focusing on a more sustainable way of recycling, while still enjoying the event. Sound like something you’re interested in? Become an ambassador for Zero Waste here. We’ll see you on the river!

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