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Wet and wild at the Charles City Whitewater Challenge

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • Sam Podzimek (left) and Glenn Harman enjoy themselves on the banks of the Cedar River during the 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • The 2019 Whitewater Challenge in Charles City brought many thrill seekers from near and far on Saturday. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra

  • A kayaker does a forward loop in the Cedar River at the Charles City Whitewater Challenge Saturday. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • A contestant gets into position to let the rushing water help her do a trick in a kayak rodeo event.

  • A contestant in the beginner kayak rodeo contest makes a face after failing to complete her trick attempt. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • Carl Neubauer of Cedar Rapids, one of the judges for the Charles City Whitewater Challenge on Saturday, instructs contestants in the kayak rodeo beginner female class on the rules of the event. Press photo by Bob Steenson

  • The Hooligan Run during the Charles City Whitewater Challenge on Saturday was open to people on inner tubes, inflatable rafts or even floating unicorns to see who could make it through the whitewater course in the quickest time. Press photo by Bob Steenson

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