Every year since it began, this event has grown bigger and bigger. This year, there were 78 women who kayaked the Upper Green, and 32 women who continued down the Narrows. Wow! That’s a lot of female kayakers! One of my favorite parts of the day was first thing in the morning, I was introducing myself to a few other women I had never met. Two girls introduced themselves to me, then added they had met at this event 2 years ago and now go boating together almost every weekend. To me that’s what this event is about, networking and meeting new friends and boating buddies.
One of the best parts of boating with an entire river of women is the constant positivity. Throughout the day, I noticed women sharing lines and encouraging each other. If someone was nervous or wanted to scout or portage, there was no negativity and no peer pressure.
At the bottom of each of the bigger rapids, we took turns waiting for each other and setting safety. I can’t explain how awesome it is to get to the bottom of a rapid and have 30+ women in the eddy below cheering for you!
After the river, there were drinks, snacks, and an awesome raffle. 100% of the donations from the day went to the Shannon Christy Memorial Fund. This is a non-profit foundation that supports organizations that empower women in the outdoors and builds confidence. There have been many women paddling events to help support this foundation, with the Green River Takeover event being the finale. By the end of this event, a total of $10,000 has been reached for this fund, which will make this now a permanent foundation that can continue to move forward in helping support this important cause.
This was an amazing event and I can’t wait to participate again next year! Major props to Laura Farrell for putting on such a fantastic event! Can’t wait to see how many women rally for next year.
Check out the video by Daniel Brasuell from this years event.