* Updated 4-4-18
** Updated 4-9-18
When: May 12, 2018; 8:30-9:30am registration. First race heat starts promptly at 10am. Pre-register online below to save time on race day.
Where: Charlottesville, VA under the Route 29 bridge just north of the DoubleTree Hotel/Samís Club on the upstream side of the bridge off Rio Mills Road
What: A 6.2 mile downriver race for all paddler classes.
Cost: $25 per person, Children 12 and under $5. Adult discounted rate of $20 if registered online before May 10, 2018. Pay by cash on the day of the event.
** Legal guardians with minor children under age 18 in the same boat, minors only $5 each to cover insurance.
** All proceeds (revenue less expenses) will be donated to the Rivanna Conservation Alliance.
Join us for the 13th annual Rivanna River downriver canoe & kayak race in Charlottesville, VA. The downriver race will follow the same schedule as previous years... 6.2-mile downriver race. Racers to assemble starting at 8:30am for registration. First race starts promptly at 10am.
Racers may be started together at 10am sharp or there may be several heats depending upon the number of participants. Race Coordinators reserve the right to combine or eliminate categories depending upon the number of paddlers in each category on race day.
First place paddlers may finish by approx. 10:45am. Awards ceremony with medal presentation will be held at Darden Towe boat ramp shortly after the last racer completes the race (estimated ~12:30pm.)
Shuttle: The Rivanna River Company will once again be running a free shuttle before the race so we suggest you drop your boat off at the starting line by ~8:15am then drive your vehicle to Darden Towe Park and catch their complimentary shuttle back to the starting line before the race. If not, fellow paddlers always get folks back to their vehicles at the starting line after the race so no worries!
* You may also rent boats from Rivanna River Company directly through this link and they will have everything you need at the starting line and then collect it all at the finish line for a pain free experience at a more than 20% discount off their regular rate. This is a third party transaction and you will still need to bring cash with you for race registration on the day of the event.
Classes (subject to change and realignment based on the boats that show up on race day):Kayak >16' male
+ Canoeists may only use single-blade paddles.
PFD's MUST BE WORN DURING THE RACE BY ALL PADDLERS.
Save time and money on race day! Register onine right here. Adult discounted rate of $20 if registered online before May 10, 2018. (Children 12 and under are $5 regardless, to cover ACA insurance.) Cost after May 10 is $25, bring cash to the starting line on race day.Step #1: