Hooligan Event at FIBArk Cancelled Due to High Water
SALIDA – The FIBArk Hooligan race has been cancelled due to extreme high water conditions on the Arkansas River in Salida. The event, which was scheduled for Saturday afternoon and is a crowd favorite, will not be held this year.
All other FIBArk events are anticipated to remain on the schedule occurring at their traditional locations and times. See FIBArk.com for more information.
Access to the Hooligan put-in will be closed and all hooligan craft will be turned away by the police department and race officials. Hooligan registration has been closed on the FIBArk.com website. Those who have already registered will be contacted and offered a refund.
The FIBArk board, local first responders and river partners ask attendees to respect the river flows and help ensure the safety and integrity of the FIBArk event and all related closures.
FIBArk officials are working to plan an exciting pro event for Saturday afternoon to take the place of the Hooligan, details for that event will be announced soon.
Officials from FIBArk, Arkansas Headwater Recreation Area, Salida Fire and Police Departments and Chaffee County EMS made the decision Monday to cancel the Hooligan. River flow Monday in Salida was 4,500 cfs and conditions are expected to remain at that level or increase for the FIBArk event, which begins Thursday.
In making their decision officials pointed to serious safety issues for participants and rescue crews who monitor the event. High water has created dangerous clearance issues on the F Street bridge and traditional takeout points below the bridge are clogged with debris. Additionally, the swift current makes rescues from shore difficult and makes trash removal more dangerous. Spectator seating and viewing is also very limited with high water taking over those areas.
Also on Monday FIBArk officials moved the Pine Creek race to the Numbers section of the river because of high water conditions.