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Rivanna River Canoe & Kayak Races to be Held May 12

The 7th annual Charlottesville Area Rivanna River Regatta Canoe & Kayak Races will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Bring your own boat, paddle, and life jacket and join us on the water for friendly competition or just plain fun!  No boat? Then come out to watch the fun and bring a picnic basket to enjoy the beauty of this scenic and precious natural resource, The Rivanna River.

  • Traditional 6.2 mile downriver races in the morning [$15]
  • Youth (ages 10-17) flat water races (canoes & kayaks) [Free!]
  • Come set a record for the greatest number of canoes and kayaks on the S. Rivanna Reservoir at the same time. [Free!]
  • 7 mile, flat water, mini-marathon for the seriously fast and competitive kayakers  [$15]
  • Anything that floats race. [Free!]

In the morning…
6.2-mile downriver race: Begin assembling at registration/start line, below the dam at the Route 29 bridge north of Charlottesville, VA (just north of the DoubleTree Hotel/Sam’s Club on the upstream side of the bridge off Rio Mills Road) between 8-8:30am. First race starts at 10am. Finish line is 6.2 miles later at the boat ramp in Darden Towe Park on the east side of Charlottesville. 

Then in the afternoon...
We move to the S. Rivanna Reservoir starting at 12:30pm. Thanks to the generosity of The Rivanna Rowing Club for allowing us to use the grounds at their row house at 276 Woodlands Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901, we will gather and launch from the Rivanna Rowing/UVA Rowing dock.

This is a family-friendly afternoon of races, picnics, and fun!  Race or just enjoy watching the festivities. There will be kids races (500m), an “Anything that floats” race (1,000m), and a 7-mile mini-marathon kayak race.  Help us establish a record for the most canoes and kayaks on the reservoir at the same time! 

Medals will be awarded to top racers in each division.

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