Scott McCleskey, a C-2 slalom paddler for Team USA and a Green Race veteran, has been making the rounds with his camera, interviewing athletes who’ve started to gather for the 19th annual Class V throwdown in North Carolina. Here are some of the highlights:

Pat Keller, three-time champion of the Green Race, is shooting for number four.

Geoff Calhoun pays a visit to Pat Keller’s trophies.

Isaac Levinson on race prep strategies.

Aaron Mann, first-time Green racer, says he’s got a 50-50 chance of being “eaten.”

Isaac Levinson on this year’s dark horse.

Bill Clipper sizes up the hand paddling game.

Isaac Levinson on Pat Keller’s training, or lack there of…