Dane Wins Green Race at 4:12, Sub-4 Still Holy Grail (And Watch His Winning Run!) Plus: Race Time Contest Winner!)


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After all the hoopla about trying to best the coveted 4.0 time mark in the annual Green Race, Dane Jackson won the marquee extreme race again for the fourth time (no surprise), but he’ll have to settle for a four-peat performance instead of a 4-minute one. The quest to break the 4-minute mark is still very much alive.

Jackson won this year’s race in a time fo 4:12, ahead of second-place finisher Issac Hull at 4:19:05 and third-place finisher Holt McWhirt at 4:23.1. But lower flows and a blip en route cost him some time.

“This year was a bit lower than the previous few years, which already made it trickier for faster times,” he says. “Though it was still a great flow to try and put down the Sub 4, unfortunately I didn’t nail the bottom of the course. I flipped over in Gorilla, and then ran one of the slides backwards, Definitely not the clean run I was looking for but stoked to still come out on top, and already excited to get ready for next year.

“It turns out upside-down and backwards not the key to sub-4,” he adds. “Experiment over, back to the drawing board for next year.”

Chasing 4.0

Jackson tried his absolute hardest to best the 4-minute mark , clocking a couple 4:01 times in practice. At last year’s race, held at regular flows, he hit 4:02.3, improving on 4:04.4 from the year prior. Jackson adds that the sub-4 mark is still attainable, it’s just going to be hard.

“The sub-4 run is gonna’ be a beast to chase because in the end with only one run a year, the Green Race is one of the hardest races to put together a clean run,” he says. Plus with no room for error, it is gonna take a near perfect run to break that 4 minutes. That being said I know it’s 100% possible, and I just need to make it happen!”

For the women, female phenom Sage Donnelly took first at 4:48.1, followed by Adriene Levknecht at 4:49.

But almost just as important, it was Janis who won the our Paddling Life contest to guess the official winning time at this year’s Green Race with his winning guess of 4:08:20, earning him a $100 gift certificate from CKS.

If you haven’t heard – The Green Race is “THE” downriver time trial kayak race held on the Class V Narrows section of the Green River in Saluda, North Carolina, 45 minutes southeast of downtown Asheville.


The race is always held the first Saturday in January.

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  1. Would love to see the roster early before voting, but I believed Dane Jackson or Mike Dawson are capable of taking it. I think the winning time will be 3:58.79 . Be safe out there racers and go fast!


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