Sunday, May 3, 2009

Rivanna River Regatta Canoe and Kayak Races This Saturday, May 9

Charlottesville, VA - The 4th annual Rivanna River Regatta and Races will be held this Saturday, May 9, 2009. This annual event includes several classes of canoe and kayak races with cash prizes. The races will be held on an 8.5 mile stretch of the scenic Rivanna River that skirts Charlottesville from north to east.

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. There is no entry fee for paddlers and this event is open to the public.

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.”

Those wishing to participate in the races 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.

All spectators are welcome and are encouraged to assemble at Darden Towe Park near the boat ramp which will serve as the finish line for all races. Everyone in the community is invited to attend to cheer on the racers and enjoy camaraderie and fellowship along the banks of the historic Rivanna River, an invaluable natural resource.

More information can be found at, the ongoing Rivanna River Regatta Group on Facebook or contact the race coordinator, Merrill Bishop.

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A handy, printable flyer with all of the relevant details is found here.

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