Photos: Raging waters greet the Lester River kayak race

Sports & Leisure Derek Montgomery · ·

1 Tony Locken appears briefly in the midst of a massive set of rapids before they briefly swallowed him Saturday, April 26, 2014 near the end of the Lester River Race in Duluth, Minn. 
2 Andy Strasser disappears under rapids just seconds into the Lester River Race Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Duluth, Minn. 
3 Chris Baer kayaks the waterfall/slide called "Almost Always" Friday, April 25, 2014 during test runs for the Lester River Race that was scheduled for the next day. The largest drop on the Lester River, "Almost Always" gets its name because kayakers almost always need to portage around the drop. 
4 Anthony Ballsiger winces as paramedics move him to an ambulance after he dislocated his shoulder Saturday, April 26, 2014 during a kayak run before the start of the Lester River Race in Duluth, Minn. "Move me to the second heat," Ballsiger shouted to race director Ryan Zimny before being loaded into the ambulance. 
5 John McConville, with a video camera mounted on his helmet, kayaks one of the calmer portions of the Lester River Saturday, April 26, 2014. 
6 Kayakers needed to traverse mud, clay, small streams and snow to reach the starting point of the Lester River Race Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Duluth, Minn. Here, Harry Butler carries his kayak through over a foot of snow en route to the starting point. 
7 Kayakers needed to traverse mud, clay, small streams and snow to reach the starting point of the Lester River Race Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Duluth, Minn. 
8 Spectators sit along the Lester River awaiting kayakers Saturday, April 26, 2014 during the Lester River Race in Duluth, Minn. 
9 Sam Nelson navigates the first set of rapids during the Lester River Race Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Duluth, Minn. 
10 Jonathan Sisley soars over a drop Saturday, April 26, 2014 during the Lester River Race in Duluth, Minn.