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NEWS RELEASE, 2009 Rivanna River Regatta

Date: March 27, 2009
Contact: Merrill Bishop,Tel.: 434-975-3072; email:
For Immediate Release

Rivanna River Regatta and Races
Scheduled for Area Canoe and Kayak Paddlers

Charlottesville, VA - The 4th annual Rivanna River Regatta and Races are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2009. This annual event includes several classes of races and a recreational paddle.

The several classes of races include the highly competitive Open class, a Tandem class, a Parent/Child class and a shorter, less challenging Under Age 14 race with cash prizes in each category up to $100. There is no entrance fee and this event is open to the public on this 8.5 mile stretch of the scenic Rivanna River that skirts Charlottesville from north to east.

Merrill Bishop, Race Coordinator states:
“The purpose of this event is to introduce as many people as possible to the fun of canoeing and kayaking while building an appreciation for the Rivanna River. This is a relatively easy whitewater course so folks without extensive experience can get a taste of the thrill of water sports while meeting local paddling enthusiasts.”

“Many people do not even notice the Rivanna River as they speed over it on a bridge. It is a beautiful river with both slow water and some faster water with low-grade rapids and abundant wildlife including great blue herons, beavers and even some local bald eagles. We want to promote the recreational value of the Rivanna while preserving its natural beauty. There is no better way to preserve the river than to get locals connected with it and appreciate it because we always protect those things that we value and appreciate most.”

Those wishing to participate in the event should assemble under the Route 29 bridge on Rio Mills Road (just north of Sam’s Club on the upstream side of the bridge) between 9-9:30am on May 9 for sign-in. The first race starts promptly at 10am. Sign-in for the shorter, Under Age 14 race will start at 12pm at Darden Towe park and that race will begin at 1pm sharp at the north end of Darden Towe Park. The awards ceremony will be at the Darden Towe boat ramp at 1:30pm. This is also the finish line for all races.

This event is a great way to meet local paddlers and help foster an appreciation of this invaluable, natural resource.

Contact the race coordinator for additional information or visit the ongoing Rivanna River Regatta Group on Facebook to learn more, ask questions, arrange transportation or simply network with local paddlers year-round.
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