Thursday, March 16, 2017

The 12th Annual River River Races, May 13, 2017

Merrill Bishop and Charlottesville Area Paddlers present the 12th Annual Rivanna River Regatta Canoe and Kayak Races, Saturday, May 13 on the Rivanna River in Charlottesville, VA.

The 6.2-mile downriver race will continue in its tradition of determining and recognizing the area's fastest paddlers.

Racers should assemble under the Rt. 29 bridge at Rio Mills Rd.(just north of Sam's Club & Brown Automotive) beginning at 8:30am and be prepared to start the first heat at 10am. There will be a mandatory safety meeting at 9:15am. The finish line will be the Darden Towe Park boat ramp and the fastest racers could cross the finish line by 10:45-10:55am, depending upon the water level on race day.

Medals awarded to top paddlers in several canoe and kayak categories.

$20 per paddler, max $40 per craft to cover insurance & logistics.*  All kayakers and canoers welcome. Race course includes Class II—II+ rapids. Paddle at your own risk. (Signed waiver forms required.) It is highly recommended you paddle this section of river prior to race day to familiarize yourself with it.

Bring your canoe or kayak and join in the fun or just come out for a picnic and enjoy meeting local paddlers and watching the races.

For more information contact:

Merrill Bishop, Race Coordinator
Tel: 434-975-3072
Email: rambishop1 (at}


Dave Dolak, Communications Coordinator
Tel: 434-975-6584
Email: dave {at]

== Additional resources: ==

Q&A Article/Interview "Racing Down The Rivanna" with one-time reprint rights available:

Results and photos from prior years:

Rivanna River Co. can supply rental boats at the race put-in. These will need to be pre-arranged by emailing or calling us with the desired craft type and number. Options are solo kayak, tandem kayak, and canoe. We will discount our usual rental rates to $25 for a solo kayak and $33 for a tandem kayak or canoe. Email or call (434) 218-2052.

We will also provide complimentary shuttle rides for all racers who want to park at Darden Towe before the race so come early and drop your boat at the starting line and then head to Darden Towe.

* Fee information updated 3/23/17

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