FAQs

I am having difficulty registering. What should I do?

You can register via email: info@racefortherivers.org

Send your name and the race you wish to enter. We will contact you to get the details.

Is this race for canoes or kayaks?

Race for the Rivers is open to both canoes and kayaks, both solo and tandem. For more info see our Race Divisions page.

Where is the Safety Meeting?

The meeting for the 40 mile race is at the East end of the parking lot at the boat ramp. The 20 mile meeting is at the Weldon Spring Boat Ramp.

Will there be a shuttle?

There will be a shuttle leaving from the Boat House/Bishop's Landing in St Charles at 7:30 am and 3:30 pm.  There will be a stop at the Weldon Spring Boat Ramp.  Please register for the shuttle here.  The cost is $10 per person.  Space is limited and available on a first paid first served basis. The afternoon shuttle will stop in Weldon Spring at the Katy Trail parking lot. The shuttle will only be able to transport bikes. Paddlers may leave their boat in the park until 5pm. 

I don't have my own canoe or kayak. Can I still participate?

We have an outfitter who will rent canoes to you. Please contact us at info@racefortherivers.org.

Is the race Sanctioned?

Yes the race is sanctioned by the United States Canoe Association.

Do I need to fill out a waiver?

Yes. All participants must fill out the USCA waiver and return it before the start of the race.

Can my under 18 child travel in my canoe with me?

Unfortunately, no. All participants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the race.

Where can I learn more about paddling on the Missouri River?

First, check out our guide to paddling the Missouri River for useful information and paddling tips. There are also a number of other great resources for Missouri River Information. One of the best is the Lewis and Clark Water Trail Page. Another great place to go to hear from the folks who REALLY paddle on the River is River Miles. This is the home base for the MO 340 and the Nitty Gritty Fifty. There are links to numerous resources and the discussion boards are a font of knowledge and good humored rivalry. You can get a mile by mile description of the river from the Missouri Canoe and Floaters Association.

Where can I watch the racers?

There are several good viewing spots along the course of the race. The Klondike Park Boat ramp, the Weldon Spring Boat Ramp and the Page Avenue Extension all have direct views of the river and safe places to stand and watch. Remember the racers will have a flying finish at Frontier Park in St Charles so you can watch them from the festival as well.

What does the Festival have to do with the Race?

The festival will be a chance for you to relax, listen to some great music, and talk to other racers and to people interested in paddle sports. There will be a comfort station with shade and chairs and booths and displays from all sorts of folks who are interested in supporting clean water. It will be a great place for your family and ground crew to hang out and await your arrival. We have live music, food and drink available for you as well. The awards ceremony for the Clean Water Challenge will be there as well as the leader board for the Race for the Rivers

What is pledging all about?

Find out everything you want to know about pledging here.

Is my pledge tax deductible?

Greenway Network, Inc is a non-profit organization. All pledges and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Where can I stay in Washington?

The Super 8 Motel has a special rate for all who request the Race for the Rivers reservations. They are also going to add yogurt and granola to their complementary breakfast offering on Saturday morning so that you and your support crew can get a healthier start to the day. Call 636.390.0088 or go to super8.com to make your reservation.

Where can I stay in St Charles?

Historic St. Charles has as list of all local hotels and B&B's. You can check it out here.

The three hotels closest to Frontier Park are:

Country Inn & Suites
Contact: Randy or Book reservation
through-- www.comfortinn.com
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, Mo.
Phone: 636-724-5555

Comfort Suites
Contact: Reservations (Front Desk)
1400 South Fifth Street
St. Charles, Mo.
Phone: 636-949-0694

Quality Inn & Suites
Contact: Benny/Sales office
1425 South Fifth Street
St. Charles, Mo.
Phone: 6336-946-6936

When making reservations, please make sure you say you are with Race for the Rivers.

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