Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Saturday June 5
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The race course for the Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race(GRWCR) will challenge and delight racers. The river will test their endurance with flat water, their mettle with a vigorous portage, and their skill with some of the best whitewater in the area! This race was purposely designed to be more fun than flat-out competition. Not to say there won't be some furious paddling, but everyone should have a good time and enjoy their day on the river! NOTES: 1. There is only one day of racing this year, Saturday, June 5. 2. Races are ACA sanctioned so helmets and life vests are required for all races.

The race format has changed this year!

All races will start downstream of the dam (at Fall Hill Ave and Linden Ave) as the dam is currently in a very hazardous state. Downriver races will be in the morning and are approx. 2.75 miles long. Sprints are in the afternoon and are approx. 1 mile long. There is no portage There is no scout challenge The awards are on Saturday after the races Registration, Check-in, and Entry Fees All registration is at Old Mill Park's pavilion. All boats will be inspected prior to registration. Entry Fees for Downriver 2.75 Miler and 1 Mile Sprint races: Per race per participant $ 7 Corporate Cup $25

There is an additional $5 event fee for non-ACA members. (Join the American Canoe Association at to save the $5 event fee.) Registration: 8:00 AM - Noon at Old Mill Park. Downriver 2.75 Miler Saturday races only this year. Starts will be from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. Competitors can do up to two DR races as time permits. Races start at Fall Hill Ave and Linden Ave (Short Put-In) Finish Line is at City Dock 1 Mile Sprint Sprint Races are in the afternoon starting from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. Sprint starts are at Short Put-In and finish at Old Mill Park. Boats will be started at 30 second intervals. Corporate Cup Challenge For commercial/business sponsored teams. Five mile whitewater course. Standard canoes, single blade paddles. Any number of paddlers or entries ($25/canoe) Astounding variety of classes The GRWCR will offer a wide variety of classes. Classes that do not have three or more entries will be combined according to age and sex where possible. Check at registration for the starting time of your class. Heats are started in groups of 6 to 8 at two minute intervals between 10:10 & 12:00 am each day. (Safety boaters will start at 9:30, and two time racers will start at 10:10). Age Groups: Junior competitors and sons and daughters shall be no older than 16 years of age. Senior Competitors: 45-55 years old Master Competitors: 56-69 years old Veteran Competitors: 70 + years old Awards Ceremony An Awards Ceremony recognizing those who place in their categories will be held Saturday, after completion of all events. Overnight Camping Free overnight camping will be available to all participants Friday evening through Saturday in Old Mill Park. Race Cancellation In the event of high water, the race will be rescheduled to June 12. Please keep those dates open.

Sponsoring Gateway: Rappahannock River Water Trail

Cost: $7.00 per Event - Viewing Race is Free!

Registration Status: Open

Space Limited: No
Location: Old Mill Park
Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Event Contacts: GRWCR Chair (540) 286-2493
Bill Micks (540) 371-5085
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