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Race Details

IMPORTANT: Race Registration closes at Noon on Friday, May 20. Day of race walk-ins are welcome only if they arrive with their own boat at either check-in, giving themselves plenty of time to register. (Walk-ins pay $20 more than pre-registration ticket price).

You will need to choose which race you are entering. The Short Course is where the majority of racers will be. Boat rentals are only available in the Short Course. If choosing the Long Course, you must bring your own boat and be an experienced paddler.

4 Mile Short Course: Starts at a private beach with the finish line at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. This stretch of river is relatively wide with long pool sections and much deeper than the Healdsburg course with no portages! There are no major hazards on this course and we will have safety teams stationed along the route if help is needed in several areas.

8 Mile Long Course: Starts at the Steelhead Beach with the same finish line at Johnson’s Beach.  Please note that those entering the 8-mile race should be intermediate-to-advanced paddlers with a significant level of fitness and must provide their own boat. No boat rentals are available for the 8 mile long course. The Long Course has 4-5 riffle sections with turns to negotiate in the first 4 miles with no portages required and only a couple shallow sections. If river conditions change dramatically, we will send a course update the week of the race to all racers.

Racers may use their own kayaks, canoes and SUP boards, or for the Short Course only can rent from our race partner River’s Edge Kayak and Canoe, the professional outfitter that will manage the check-in and logistics. River's Edge is renting the metal canoes again this year, with a limited number of double and single kayaks. No rentals will be available for the 8 mile Long Course!

Age Restrictions: Ages 5-12 may ride in a double boat with a parent. Ages 13-15 may be in single boats only with parental/adult supervision during the Race. Ages 16-17 just need a waiver signed by a parent. For everyone under 18, a parent will need to be present to sign a waiver upon check-in.

Divisions

The respective race divisions are broken down below.  Our goal is to hold a fair race and you are responsible for entering the right division for your boat – call or email us if you have questions. “Pro" refers to lightweight composite racing surfskis, kayaks and canoes (fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon or prepreg) and these craft are only allowed to compete in the Long Course. You may enter a plastic or wood kayak/canoe in the Long Course but you will be racing against faster boats. “Recreational” refers to all other craft including sea kayaks, general kayaks and canoes that are made of plastic or aluminum. Longer sea kayaks (more than 18 ft.) should enter the Long Course.

Historically, most people enter the Short Course hence there are more divisions. In the Long Course, if you are entering in a double boat, canoes and kayaks will be racing against each other. Also, if you enter the Long Course in a single kayak, you will be racing against pro paddlers in surfskis.

4-Mile Short Course

  • Recreational Single
    • Men
    • Women
  • Recreational Double Canoe
    • Men
    • Women
    • Co-ed         
  • Recreational Double Kayak    
    • Men
    • Women
    • Co-ed     
  • Recreational Family Double (any craft that holds 2 with one adult and one child 12 and under)
  • Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Single
    • Men
    • Women

8-Mile Long Course

  •  Single Kayak
    • Men
    • Women
  •  Double Kayak/Canoe (kayaks and canoes will race in same division)
    • Men
    • Women
    • Co-ed         
  • Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) Single
    • Men
    • Women

Note: If registration is low in the 8 mile Race, divisions may be combined.

  • Any double boat can give themselves a Team name (humor and costumes are highly encouraged!)
  • Please indicate your team name and category on the Registration Page.

IMPORTANT: Please carefully review the race logistics before arriving!

 

PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES (PFD’S) ARE MANDATORY TO PADDLE ON THE RIVER. They are included with your boat rental. If bringing your own boat, bring your own PFD.

 

RACE LOGISTICS FOR 4 MILE Short Course

  • On Race Day, Check-in will run from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Race attendants will be waiting for you at the parking lot at Johnson’s Beach, 16215 First St., Guerneville. Parking is free for racers before 10:30, $5/car after 10:30 a.m.
  • Because the race starting point is on a gated and private road, shuttle buses will take racers to the private beach from 9:30-10:00 a.m. with a pre-race briefing at 10:40 a.m. There are no private vehicles allowed at the 4 mile start! There will be bathrooms at each location.
  • The race will start promptly at 11:00 a.m.
  • Boat owners will load and secure their own boats on shuttle trailers, provided by GR3 (bring your own straps and padding as these are not provided by GR3). You should check-in by 9:00 if bringing your own boat.
  • Be sure to provide enough time to check-in, load your boats and get on the bus in time.
  • If renting equipment from us your boat, pfd and paddles will be at your start line.

 

RACE LOGISTICS FOR 8 MILE Long Course

  • On Race Day, pre-entered participants will proceed directly with their boats to the check-in and start line at Steelhead Beach (9000 River Road, Forestville). There will be a $7/car parking fee unless you have a Sonoma County Regional Parks Pass.
  • Check-in will run from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. with a pre-race briefing at 10:40 a.m.
  • The race will start promptly at 11:00 a.m.
  • Participants can drop-off their take-out bags at check-in, to be securely transported to the finish line.
  • After the race, shuttles will be provided to return you to your vehicles.

PARKING & SHUTTLES

  • Event parking at Johnson’s Beach is free for racers arriving before 10:30 a.m. For all others after 10:30, the cost is $5. Parking at Steelhead Beach is $7 or free with a Regional Park Pass.
  • Shuttles will be available after the Race to take the Long Course racers back to their cars, but we don't have a way to haul your boats. You will need to get shuttled back to Steelhead Beach and return to pick up your boat at Johnson Beach. We will have a secure boat valet to watch over your boat.