Welcome to the Great Russian River Race!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
THANK YOU TO ALL FOR A GREAT RACE!!!!!
On May 4th, 2013, the Great Russian River Race will attract some of the country's top canoeing, kayaking and SUP athletes, local adventurers, recreational paddlers and corporate teams to race in two separate events.
Advanced and expert paddlers will compete in a class II, 15-mile Bridge-to-Bridge Race from the Alexander Valley Bridge.
Recreational paddlers and canoe teams will do battle over the 5-mile Rio Lindo Race, starting north of Healdsburg. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the winners at the Race Cup Ceremony.
The respective races will finish at the Healdsburg Memorial Bridge, welcomed by the River Race Party. Come enjoy great food, beverages and live music by Cahoots and Floral, all on the banks of the River. The River Race Party is free and will run from noon-5 p.m.
Who Should Enter
The emphasis of the Great Russian River Race is on adventure, competition and fun. Competitors and spectators will have the opportunity to participate in a world class sporting event, while enjoying the surroundings of one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world. There will be both pros and recreational paddlers competing in seperate divisions.
Athletes may use their own kayaks, canoes, surfskis and SUPs or rent from River’s Edge Kayak and Canoe, the professional outfitter that will manage the river operations, safety and logistics.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Sonoma County Regional Parks to keep Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach open in the face of budget cuts. This beach has served as the community “swimming pool” on the River for over 100 years.
A remainder will go to Russian Riverkeeper’s Clean Campus Clean Creeks program. The program teaches area high school students about urban runoff pollution and helps them become part of the solution by building pollution reducing rain gardens on their campus.
Join Us For The Festivities!
Not Racing? Everyone is welcome to cheer on the racers at the finish line. Please join us for the River Race Party, which will offer great food, beverages and live music by Cahoots and Floral, all on the banks of the River. The River Race Party is free and will run from noon-5 p.m.
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Note: No BBQ's, reserved tables or outside alcohol at the Race Party please!
Check out video from the first Race in 2011!
Questions? Call 707-433-1958
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