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Race Information

Back this year on August 26, 2017, the Race For the Rivers aims to get more people down to the water and involved in river conservation. In an effort to make the canoe and kayak event accessible and fun for a wide variety of skill and competition levels, we offer two separate racing events: the 20-Mile Race and the 40-Mile Race.

Which race is right for me?

Race Overview

20-Mile Race 40-Mile Race
Less experienced canoeists, kayakers, & recreational paddlers travel at their own pace for 20 scenic miles of the Missouri River from Weldon Spring to Frontier Park. A perfect opportunity for the novice racer to build stamina and test endurance. “Once-a-year” paddlers can come out and paddle on the river with friends for a good cause! A one-day competitive race from Washington, MO to Frontier Park in historic St. Charles. For the serious paddler with strong endurance and a desire to compete. NOT FOR BEGINNERS.

Start Time

20-Mile Race 40-Mile Race
9:30 AM CST, rain or shine 9 AM CST, rain or shine

Starting Point

20-Mile Race 40-Mile Race
Mile 43 at the Weldon Spring Boat Ramp. All boats will start together. Mile 68 in Washington, MO. All boats will start together.

Mandatory Safety Talk

20-Mile Race 40-Mile Race
On the boat ramp at Weldon Springs.

Wave 1: All K1 classes. The safety talk is at 9:30 AM and launch is at 9:45 AM.

Wave 2: Everyone else (all non-K1 classes). The safety talk is at 9:15 AM and launch is at 9:30 AM.
On the boat ramp in Washington, MO at 8:30 AM.

Race Length

20-Mile Race 40-Mile Race
3 to 6 hours, depending on pace 3 to 6 hours, depending on pace

Ending Point

20-Mile Race 40-Mile Race
Frontier Park in St. Charles, MO at mile 29 Frontier Park in St. Charles, MO at mile 29

End Time

20-Mile Race 40-Mile Race
The race officially ends at exactly 5 PM or when the last boat has reached mile 29 – whichever comes first.

A team’s participation in this event ends when they have landed at mile 29 before 5 PM or when they notify race headquarters that they have withdrawn. Teams still on the Missouri River after 5 PM are electing to continue independent of the race.
The race officially ends at exactly 5 PM or when the last boat has reached mile 29 – whichever comes first.

A team’s participation in this event ends when they have landed at mile 29 before 5 PM or when they notify race headquarters that they have withdrawn. Teams still on the Missouri River after 5 PM are electing to continue independent of the race.

Classes

20-Mile Race 40-Mile Race
Men’s Solo
Men’s Double
Women’s Solo
Women’s Double
Mixed Double
SUP
Voyageur
Pedal Drive
Men’s Solo
Men’s Double
Women’s Solo
Women’s Double
Mixed Double
SUP
Voyageur
Pedal Drive

Minimum Pledge

20-Mile Race 40-Mile Race
Solo racer: $40
Tandem team: $70
Solo racer: $50
Tandem team: $85
Voyageur class: $60 per paddler

Registration

Race-day registration opens at 7:45 AM for the 40-mile race and 8:30 AM for the 20-mile race on August 26, 2017. Space is limited and registration is first-come, first-served, so secure your spot by registering in advance!

Schedule

Join us for the fun on Saturday August 26, 2017!

7:00 AM Shuttle Departs from Bishop’s Landing in St. Charles
7:45 AM Registration opens at Washington Boat Ramp for 40-mile race
8:30 AM Registration opens at Weldon Spring Boat Ramp for 20-mile race
8:30 AM 40-mile race mandatory safety meeting
9:00 AM 40-mile racers depart from Washington, MO
9:15 AM 20-mile mandatory safety meeting for non-K1 classes at Weldon Spring Boat Ramp
9:30 AM 20-mile non-K1 classes depart from Weldon Spring Boat Ramp
9:30 AM 20-mile mandatory safety meeting for K1 classes at Weldon Spring Boat Ramp
9:45 AM 20-mile K1 racers depart from Weldon Spring Boat Ramp
Noonish Racers arrive at Frontier Park in St. Charles
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Race for the Rivers Festival in Frontier Park
3:40 PM 20 & 40-mile race awards ceremony in Frontier Park

Race Divisions

Race for the Rivers is for paddlers with any level of experience. Our goal is to get people down to the water and increase awareness of the cause. Join in the fun and select your race division below!

In each division title, the letter signifies the type of craft (canoe or kayak) and the number signifies the number of paddlers (1 or 2). C2, for example, is a canoe with two paddlers. Similarly, K1 is a kayak with one paddler. (Please note, these division do not strictly follow USCA guidelines.)

All paddlers in the canoe divisions (C1 and C2) MUST USE SINGLE-BLADED PADDLES. Paddlers in the kayak divisions (K1 and K2) may use double-bladed kayak paddles or single-bladed canoe paddles. Open-decked canoes paddled with double-bladed kayak paddles may be entered in the open kayak divisions (K1 Open and K2 Open).

C1 Canoe Class

Single paddler, no passengers. Maximum length of 18'6". Maximum deck/float-tank length of 36". Must be paddled with single-blade canoe paddle.

C2 Touring Canoe

Two paddlers. Minimum 50lb weight limit. Maximum length of 18'6". Canoe must be the product of regular manufacturer (home built canoes that meet the spirit of these rules are allowed) and is intended for recreational (not competitive) use. USCA Standard Class, Competition Cruiser, or Pro Boats not allowed. Must be paddled with single-blade canoe paddles.

C2 Competition Cruiser

Two paddlers. Maximum length of 18'6". Mimimum 3" waterline width of 27". Maximum deck/floattank length of 36". Mus be paddled with single-blade canoe paddles. USCA Pro Boats are allowed.

K1 Sea Kayak

Single paddler. Maximum length of 18'6". Minimum overall width of 21". Kayak must be the product of regular manufacturer (home built kayaks that meet the spirit of these rules are allowed) and is intended for recreational (not competitive) use. Most surf-skis, Olympic or training kayaks not allowed. Epic V8 and Epic V6 surf-skis ARE allowed in the K1 Sea Kayak division.

K2 Sea Kayak

Two paddlers. Kayak must be the product of regular manufacturer (home built kayaks that meet the spirit of these rules are allowed) and is intended for recreational (not competitive) use. Surf-skis, Olympic or training kayaks not allowed.

K1 Open

Single paddler, otherwise, anything goes! Boat must be seaworthy and paddle powered. Surf-skis, Olympic kayaks, safari boats, etc. are allowed.

K2 Open

Two paddlers, otherwise, anything goes! Boat must be seaworthy and paddle powered. Surf-skis, Olympic kayaks, safari boats, etc. are allowed.

Minimum Pledge

Race for the Rivers is an annual fundraising event to support The Greenway Network’s river conservation efforts, and so racers are asked for a minimum pledge (in lieu of entry fee) when registering.

After registering, be sure to encourage friends and family to make a pledge for your efforts. Top pledge earners get special recognition!

Shuttle Service

Boat shuttle service is available from the Bishop’s Landing/Boat House parking lot in St. Charles to Washington with a stop at the Weldon Spring Boat Ramp.

The shuttle leaves at 7:00 AM.

Cost is $15.

Space is limited. Seats will be assigned on a first-paid, first-served basis. Reservations are strongly recommended. Register here.

Prizes

Everyone’s a winner when racing for clean water! And if you win the actual race, you’ll also get a medal or trophy commemorating your accomplishment. Additional prizes are awarded to the top Race for the Rivers finisher as well as top pledge earners.

FAQs

I’m 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, solo and tandem. For more info, read the Race Divisions section above.

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

We work with an outfitter, Big Muddy Adventures, who can rent canoes and kayaks to you. Please note that they will only rent Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) to experienced paddlers and for the 20-Mile Race only.

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 the canoe with me?

Participants must be 16 years of age at the time of the race and accompanied by their legal guardian.

Where can I get more information about paddling the Missouri River?

You can check out our guide to paddling the Missouri River. And River Miles is a great place to hear from the folks who REALLY paddle on the river. It’s 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.

I’m not racing but know some who is. How can I see them in action?

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.

I’m racing. Can I go to the festival too?

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

I'm racing. What should I bring the day of the race?

We recommend reading the Race Packet, then printing out the checklist and bringing everything on that list with you the day of the race.

What is pledging all about?

All money raised from Race for the Rivers goes to support The Greenway Network’s efforts in river clean-up and clean water education. The Greenway Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All pledges and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. We appreciate your support!

Do you have any hotel recommendations?

The Super 8 Motel has a special rate for all who request the Race for the Rivers reservations. They add yogurt and granola to their complimentary breakfast on Saturday morning so you and your support crew can get a healthier start to the day. Call 636-390-0088 or visit Super 8 to make your reservation.

Historic St. Charles has a list of all local hotels and B&B's.

The three hotels closest to Frontier Park are:

Country Inn & Suites
1190 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-724-5555

Comfort Suites
1400 South Fifth Street
St. Charles, MO
636-949-0694

Quality Inn & Suites
1425 South Fifth Street
St. Charles, MO
636-946-6936

When making reservations, let them know you’re with Race for the Rivers.

$220 raised of $10k goal
8
teams registered
4
pledges received

The 2017 Race for the Rivers fundraising challenge is on! Our goal is to raise $10,000, all of which goes to the Greenway Network.

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