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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Burton Greer, #68, of Atlanta go over Gorilla backwards. Greer had to be pulled out of the water by race safety personnel. After both he and his kayak were dragged out of the fierce water Greer climbed back in to finish his run. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Burton Greer, #68, of Atlanta go over Gorilla backwards. Greer had to be pulled out of the water by race safety personnel. After both he and his kayak were dragged out of the fierce water Greer climbed back in to finish his run. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Burton Greer, #68, of Atlanta go over Gorilla backwards. Greer had to be pulled out of the water by race safety personnel. After both he and his kayak were dragged out of the fierce water Greer climbed back in to finish his run. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Under the watchful eye of race safety personnel a paddler does a backbend to squeeze underneath a fallen tree on the Green River. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A paddler fights the rapids as he exits Gorilla on the Green River. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Sometimes paddlers would go straight down and other times they'd shoot out of Gorilla on the Green River. The series of rapids that makes up Gorilla is considered one of the two toughest rapids in the race. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A paddler focuses on his next move as he exits Gorilla on the Green River. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Waters churn as muscles burn for paddlers exiting Gorilla on the Green River. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    A rainbow forms in the mist of the Green River below the series of rapids known as Gorilla for early arriving spectators prior to the start of the race. . About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Spectators hike down a nearly vertical grade to get to the Green River Narrows Race Saturday. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Early arriving spectators are treated to morning sunshine that lights up the Fall colors on the Green River. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Alix Griffin (CQ Alix), of Greenville, SC hangs out in a hammock before the start of the Green River Narrows Race. About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    About 150 paddlers battled rapids named Hammer Factor, Gorilla and Turn Left and Die during the 18th annual Green River Narrows Race Saturday Nov. 2, 2013 near Hendersonville, NC. Crowds of onlookers lined the gorge to cheer on the whiter water athletes.
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