Kern Fest and Community

A triathlon offeres nonpaddlers a way to enjoy the whitewater festival

April 20-21—Paddlers, runners and cyclists gathered in Kernville, Calif. for the 49th annual Kern Fest hosted by the Kern Valley River Council. California’s first whitewater festival of the year celebrates both the river and the small town that survives because of it.

This year in an attempt to include more of the overall community, the festival offered a triathlon of running, biking and boating. People could compete either solo or in teams so runners and cyclists could find a paddler and be part of the whitewater festival.

C&K staff checked out the local festival, and here is what they saw:

Correction: The video says Kern Fest has been going on 45 years. In fact, this year marked the 49th festival.

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