Friday, March 20, 2015

The 10th Annual Rivanna River Regatta, Saturday, May 9, 2015

When: May 9, 2015;  8:30-9:30am registration.  First race heat starts promptly at 10am.

Where: Charlottesville, VA under the Route 29 bridge just north of the DoubleTree Hotel/Sam’s Club on the upstream side of the bridge off Rio Mills Road

What: A 6.2 mile downriver race for all paddler classes.

Cost: $15 per Craft

Save the date! Saturday, May 9, 2015 for the 10th 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 Coordinator reserves 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 will be held at Darden Towe boat ramp shortly after the last racer completes the race (estimated 12:30-1pm.)

Classes (subject to change):

Kayak >16' male
Kayak >16' female
Kayak </=16' male
Kayak </=16' female
Solo canoe male
Solo canoe female
Tandem canoe male
Tandem canoe female
Tandem canoe mixed
Tandem kayak male
Tandem kayak female
Tandem kayak mixed
Male SUP (stand up paddleboard)
Female SUP
Solo short/stubby/whitewater kayaks (male & female) that
do not appear to the Race Coordinator to be competitive
in the "recreational," less than 16' categories.

Canoeists may only use single-blade paddles.


Major sponsors:

The race route:

Race wristbands are here!  Please bring an extra buck for a wristband to help offset costs for the race (medals, insurance, and other expenses.)


  1. My husband and I are thinking about signing up for the race... Both in solo 14' kayaks. We are from the Lake Erie area and have yet to kayak on a river. We have been in this area 2 years and arent familiar with the rivers. Are there obstacles or anything else we would need to worry about on the Rivanna? For not ever kayaking on a river do you think we would be ok? We are used to Lake waves and have also been on the ocean so we are not novice, but far from expert....

    1. Erika, There is no "good" way to advise you without knowing your skill level, but I would call this section of the river suitable for novices so if you can handle chop and waves on open water then I don't think this will be any problem for you. I advise you to run this section of the river before race day to judge it for yourself. I would point you to the FAQ and video here:

      and also point you to a YouTube video of this section of the river here:

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