Welcome to the 4th Annual Great Russian River Race!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
We’re not letting the drought get us down! On Saturday, May 3rd, Russian Riverkeeper will be hosting the Great Russian River Race: Drought Edition. The 5 Mile Race will include kayaks, canoes and SUP's and because of lower flows will be limited to 200 racers. Make sure to read ALL of the Race Details before you sign up. For those of you who have raced in any of the 3 previous years, this race WILL be different. Depending on how much rain we get, the river flows could go as low as 35-50 csf by the first week of May. This means that transitions between pools of the River will be extremely shallow, and boats will need to be carried over the riffles.
Free River Race Party!
The River Race Party is from Noon-4 p.m. and with live music by Cahoots and the Church Marching Band opening at noon. There will be beer & wine, food trucks, kids activities, a costume contest among racers, and a Water Conservation Fair. We invite the community to come down to the River, bring chairs and blankets and watch the racers cross the Finish Line (from noon-2). It's a great way to kick off the summer season and goes to support a good cause, protecting the River!
Water Conservation Fair
We're focusing on water conservation because we are in a drought and we all need to conserve water to protect the River! The Sonoma County Water Agency and others will be giving away free items to help you conserve water at home.There will be native plants for sale and examples of rain water harvesting and you can have your questions answered on how to convert your lawn to drought tolerant native plants.
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 an exciting sporting event, while enjoying the surroundings of one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world.
Athletes may use their own kayaks, canoes, and SUPs or rent from River’s Edge Kayak and Canoe, the professional outfitter that will manage the river operations, safety and logistics.There will be both pros and recreational paddlers competing in seperate divisions. See the Race Details page for age restrictions and other info.
This is a fundraiser for Russian Riverkeeper’s educational programs. Russian Riverkeeper's mission is to inspire the community to protect the Russian River forever. This year some proceeds will also go to drought related projects to benefit the River.
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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!