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September 25, 2013

Counting down

Year from now, Garrett will be on world’s stage

Garrett County will be in the international spotlight in a huge way next year when the 2014 International Canoe Federation’s Slalom World Championships are held at the Adventure Sports Center Internatinal.

To get an idea of the impact of the event consider the following:

• More than 1,500 competitors and support staff from more than 40 nations will participate.

• Worldwide television coverage of the races could attract an audience of 20 million or more.

• 30,000 spectators will watch the competition.

• The region will see an economic impact of $20 million.

The races will be held Sept. 16 through Sept. 21. On Tuesday, representatives of Deep Creek 2014 — the organizing entity for the event — and local officials kicked off a one-year countdown for the event. An “official clock” on the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce building will show the days remaining until the races begin.

In kicking off the countdown, Terry Hasseltine, executive director of the Maryland Office of Sports Marketing, said: “This is the largest inbound international sporting event in the United States in 2014. That is an accomplishment that is second to none.”

Todd Copley, executive director of Deep Creek 2014, noted that next year’s event follows the 1989 slalom world championships in Garrett County. “That event was one of the defining moments in establishing this region as an epicenter for adventure sports.”

There is plenty of hard work ahead as Deep Creek 2014 leaders and volunteers prepare for the races. We eagerly await next September’s races and the opportunity to watch Garrett County shine in its international role.

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