Bluegrass River Run

Race has been postponed until May 6th. Registration is now open again till May 3rd

The Explore Kentucky Initiative is proud to announce the creation of Bluegrass River Run presented by Beinwater as a the kick-off race of the 2017 Kentucky Waterman Series season. BRR is a great early season race to recover from the winter. Paddlers will blast off from Kentucky State Park's Fort Boonesborough State Park on a portion of the beautiful palisades section of the Kentucky River that flows through the heart of the Bluegrass region. Starting from the beach below historic Fort Boonesborough founded by the great frontiersman Daniel Boone, the race will follow the river through impressive rock outcroppings of the Kentucky Palisades. Paddlers will be immersed in the ambiance of early spring with beautiful views of river banks in full bloom. Along the way at each turn in the river you’ll see many varieties of dogwoods, as well as maples, weeping cherry trees, redbuds and other flowering species. The 6 mile race and float will end at Proud Mary’s BBQ in Fayette County and the 19 mile at the historic Valley View Ferry which has been in operation since 1780. We will field a youth division for ages 10 - 16.

Post race we will gather on the sandy beach at Proud Mary's for some great local barbecue, fellowship with games and music, and of course presentation of race awards.

Family friendly Float price is $10. Floaters are able to purchase additional items including:

  • Dinner
  • Commemorative wooden token
  • Dri-fit shirt
  • Shuttle

All Racers will receive:
  • Meal at Proud Mary’s BBQ (Vegetarian Option available)
  • Commemorative wood token
  • Raffle ticket for various prizes.
  • Dri-fit shirt
  • Shuttle
Youth floaters/Racers will receive:
  • Commemorative wooden token
  • Raffle ticket for various prizes.

Race Cap: 200 Paddlers

Registration Cost:
  • Adult Solo Race: $50 Before March 31st, April 1- 15: $60, April 16 - 24: $65
  • Tandem Race Team: $90 before March 31st, April 1 -15: $95, April 16 - 24: $100
  • Family Friendly Float: $5 Before March 31st, April 1 -15: $10 April 16 - 24: $15
  • Youth Racer: $15
Special registration rate because of postponement: $50

Transfer/Refund Policy

Entry fees are non-transferable. We offer a partial reimbursement of registration fees if paddlers cannot attend event. Race credit is available.

Race classes will consist of the following:
Race Classes will consist of Kentucky Waterman Series Classes in addition to tandem classes for Youth, Men, Women, and Mixed Teams:

  • SUP 14
  • SUP 12'6
  • High Performance Kayak
  • Kayak ( Below 17 Ft)
  • Solo Canoe
  • Tandem Canoe
  • Tandem Kayak
  • Youth: All craft

Awards will be for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in class!


We are happy to announce that Quality Inn in Richmond, KY has graciously offered to be the host hotel for the Bluegrass River Run. We have reserved a block of rooms at the reduced rate of $85 for Double Beds and $90 for King Beds. Another cool thing to note is that they have offered to secure racer's craft in their conference center for the duration of their stay!

Call the hotel at 859-623-0063 to reserve and mention Bluegrass River Run to take advantage of this awesome discount.

Friday April 28th 
 7 P.M Pre-race Party at Halls on the River in Clark County. 

Saturday, April 29th 

 7:00 A.M Boat Drop - Off/ Check - In 
 8:30 19 Mile shuttle departs Valley View Ferry 
 9:15 6 Mile Shuttle departs from Proud Mary’s BBQ 
 9:30: 19 Mile Racer Meeting 
 10:00: 19 Mile Race Start 
 10:30: 6 Mile Racer’s Meeting 11:00
 6 Mile Race Start: 11:15
 6 Mile Family Friendly Float Start : 12:00 - 3 P.M 
Bluegrass River Run Expo, Games, & Music at Proud Mary's BBQ  3:15: Dinner & Awards at Proud Mary's BBQ

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Mike Park1KayakAllGuy
Cecil Mcfarland2KayakAllGuy
Jon Toppen8SUP 12'6"AllGuy
Micah Lynn11SUP 12'6"AllGuy
Julie Martinez18SUP 12'6"AllGirl
Trinity Davis20SUP 12'6"AllGuy
Lee Droppelman24High Performance KayakAllGuy
Eric Doran34SUP 14'AllGuy
Katie Doran35KayakAllGirl
Mark Snider52High Performance KayakAllGuy
Will Johnson53KayakAllGuy
Neil Mecham54KayakAllGuy
Bob Cummins57High Performance KayakAllGuy
Lori Dawn Vaught64KayakAllGirl
Elaine Harold65KayakAllGirl
Dennis Blevins70KayakAllGuy
Lee Ann Blevins71KayakAllGirl
Cheryl Gault80KayakAllGirl
Barbara Spurlock81KayakAllGirl
Erik Snider87High Performance KayakAllGuy
David Shorten92SUP 12'6"AllGuy
Julieann Schroeter93High Performance KayakAllGirl
Ulrike Sherer94High Performance KayakAllGirl
Tabitha Morrow109KayakAllGirl
Edie Call111SUP 12'6"AllGirl
Mark Herman114SUP 14'AllGuy
Matt Moren120KayakAllGuy
Luke Morehead123KayakAllGuy
Belinda Cook127KayakAllGirl
Peter Quigley128SUP 14'AllGuy
Thomas Samples129High Performance KayakAllGuy
Kevin Slack130High Performance KayakAllGuy
Evan Young133SUP 12'6"AllGuy
Diana Carrero136SUP 12'6"AllGirl
Benjamin Jones137KayakAllGuy
Wayne Chatfield4KayakAllGuy
Randy Parker5KayakAllGuy
Scott Black10KayakAllGuy
Jean-marie Suggs13KayakAllGirl
George Hall16KayakAllGuy
David Long19High Performance KayakAllGuy
Mark Mefford21High Performance KayakAllGuy
William Cummins22High Performance KayakAllGuy
Tim Schramm25High Performance KayakAllGuy
Mary Flynn28High Performance KayakAllGirl
Alan Farmer31KayakAllGuy
Margo Pellegrino51OC-1AllGirl
Aaron Denney60KayakAllGuy
Shawn Johnson61KayakAllGuy
Phillip Taylor79High Performance KayakAllGuy
Patrick Dour90High Performance KayakAllGuy
Kimberly Schulte96High Performance KayakAllGirl
Randy Ray117KayakAllGuy
Jim Brunton118High Performance KayakAllGuy
Fred Tuttle119OC-1AllGuy
Jerry Gillissen122High Performance KayakAllGuy
Jeff Schnelle132High Performance KayakAllGuy
Michael Alexeev135High Performance KayakAllGuy
Gwen Parker6AllAllAll
Scott Mcgarry9AllAllAll
Matt Walker12AllAllAll
Angela Mayfield15AllAllAll
Beverly Gumm26AllAllAll
Dwayne Wilson27AllAllAll
Barry Allen30AllAllAll
Tonia Sweet33AllAllAll
Susan Blalock36AllAllAll
Shawna Quire42AllAllAll
Leah Guggenmos43AllAllAll
Melissa Clatos44AllAllAll
Marie Allen45AllAllAll
Tara Linney47AllAllAll
Jamie Wood48AllAllAll
Keith Harwood49AllAllAll
Derrick Harwood50AllAllAll
Angelia Neeley75AllAllAll
Diego Berger76AllAllAll
Jessica Meadows77AllAllAll
Paul Stewart Abney89AllAllAll
Jerry Juliot95AllAllAll
Missy Hoover98AllAllAll
Lisa Sayers103AllAllAll
Katie Clatos104AllAllAll
Robert Begley110AllAllAll
Jeff Davis113AllAllAll
Mark Fatkin115AllAllAll
Debbie Fatkin116AllAllAll
Bob Diehl121AllAllAll
John Greene124AllAllAll
Frank Greene125AllAllAll
Harrison Greene126AllAllAll

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.


May 6, 2017


Richmond, KY