This year we will celebrate the 31st year of The Upper Gauley Animal Race, gathering again to compete in multiple crafts along a 9.8 mile stretch of class IV/IV+ whitewater. The race begins at the lower put in of Summersville Dam with a chaotic mass start of all racers who will fight their way down to the finish line at the upstream face of Postage Due Rock in Sweets Falls Rapid. Paddlers will need physical endurance, and solid boating skills to prevent trouble on this long powerful river. Bracing, stamina, precise maneuvering and big water experience are all required to have a successful safe run in the competition. Mark your calendars, and get training for the 30th race down the Beast of the East.