Need to see some live speed? A longboarding event in Kelowna, BC this weekend could take that itch away.
Knox Mountain Downhill takes place August 20-21 and will feature longboarders hurtling down the steep and winding Knox Mountain Drive.
Longboarding is similar to skateboarding, but as the name suggests, the boards are much longer. Racers will be outfitted with protective gear, including full-face helmets and gloves, as well as leather suits or knee pads.
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“Straw bales are strategically placed to minimize injury,” according to the downhill racer safety website.
“Bales are often set up to allow them to move on impact, resulting in controlled deceleration. Great care is taken in the placement of each section of straw bale. Ensure areas with the highest likelihood of slips are best covered.”
The race starts at 9 am on Saturday and ends at 3 pm on Sunday
The city says there will be road closures and parking restrictions in the area throughout the weekend to accommodate the event.
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The lower 1 mile of Knox Mountain Drive, from the base to the first overlook, will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday and will remain closed throughout the weekend.
However, the main parking lot at the base of Knox Mountain remains open to the public.
“During this time, pedestrians will be allowed into the area to watch the event from designated spectator areas,” the city said.
“Hikers are also permitted to access area trails, including the Apex Trail, when the downhill course is not being used by participants or shuttle vehicles.”
The city said volunteers will be stationed on site to ensure safe passage of pedestrians and walkers throughout the event area.
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