Photo courtesy of Laura Farrell

Photo courtesy of Laura Farrell

Laura Farrell


KNOWN FOR:Expedition creekboating around the globe, grassroots racing, women's takeover events.

THIS YEAR: Male faces usually dominate the eddyline, Laura Farrell's Women's Takeover events are building community and proving just how many women are also out there charging these days. Takeover events on the Green River, N.C., and the Arkansas River, Colo., have brought women together in record numbers on classic runs. Ever the globetrotter, she placed second in the inaugural race at the conservation-focused Jondachi Fest in Ecuador. After moving to Washington, D.C., this year, Laura made a strong showing in grassroots East Coast races-she placed first at the Top Yough Race, and second in the Cheat Race.

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