Friday, March 18, 2016

Rivanna River Regatta Canoe & Kayak Races Saturday May 14, 2016

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The 11th annual Rivanna River Regatta Canoe & Kayak Races will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Racers to assemble starting ~8:00am for registration.  First race starts promptly at 10am.  Mandatory safety meeting at 9am.

Racers may be started together at 10am sharp or there may be several heats. Race Coordinator reserves the right to combine or eliminate categories depending upon the number of paddlers in each category on race day. 

Where? Paddlers assemble at registration/start line under the Route 29 bridge north of Charlottesville (just north of the DoubleTree Hotel/Sam’s Club on the upstream side of the bridge off Rio Mills Road.)

Race finish line is 6.2 miles later at the boat ramp in Darden Towe Park on the east side of Charlottesville. 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.)

$20 entrance fee per adult, $10 age 13-18,  $5 kids under 13.  All kayakers and canoers welcome. Race course includes Class II—II+ rapids. Paddle at your own risk. (Signed waiver forms required.) Public spectators welcomed and encouraged at the finish line at Darden Towe Park.

Boat rentals ($10) and free shuttle provided by Rivanna River Company. Please contact them directly before the end of business, Thursday, May 12 to make arrangements.
(434) 218-2052

Contact for more information: Merrill Bishop, Race Coordinator Tel: 434-975-3072; Email:

Visit For more information, links, and photos & videos from previous races

Categories will be consistent with previous years, pending the number and types of crafts that enter on race day.

Canoeists may only use single-blade paddles for competition.

Approved PFD's must be worn.


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