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One Great Iowa River Race

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX28) - River-riders got their fix in Saturday morning.

Canoe and kayak riders kicked off the nine-mile One Great Iowa river race.

The down-river trek began at Sturgis Ferry Park on Iowa City's south side before the riders came ashore in Hills.

High winds greeted the racers on the water, which they say might have held them back a bit.

"Because it is pretty windy today and what I've heard is that at times they felt like they were dragging an anchor," Tanya Dideriksen, an organizer for the race said.

While the race gave riders their adrenaline fix, it also raises money to conserve some of Iowa's river ways.

Proceeds from the race support Iowa Valley Resources, which serves six counties across eastern Iowa.

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