Rafting championship set for October near Turrialba

The world rafting championship will be held on the Río Pacuare near Turrialba from Oct. 4 to Oct. 11.

Some 32 countries will be represented, said the World Rafting Federation. The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo is cosponsoring the event.

The top men’s and top women’s teams from each member federation, basically each country, are invited to this event, said the rafting federation.

The tourism institute said that six of every 10 tourists come to Costa Rica for some kind of adventure sport, be it rafting, canopy tours or bungee jumping.

Rafael Gallo, president of the international federation is cofounder of Ríos Tropicales in Costa Rica.

The Cámara de Turismo de Turrialba also is sponsoring the event.

Rafters compete in time trials, slalom on an obstacle course, and are evaluated by an international staff of judges.

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