Great Russian River Race

Registration closed at noon today, we are all sold out! No walk-ins tomorrow.
The 6th Annual Great Russian River Race is a fundraiser for Russian Riverkeeper, whose mission is to inspire the community to protect the Russian River forever. There are 2 races that both start at 11 a.m. The Short Course is approximately 4 miles long and the Long Course is approximately 8 miles. The Short Course is for recreational paddlers and most people enter this race. The Long Course is for pro paddlers, and those who are intermediate-to-experienced paddlers. Boat rentals are for the Short Course only and are very limited (or you can bring your own boat to either race). Please be sure to read all of the directions and enter the correct race division.

The cost is $50 per person and boat rental fees are $30 for a double canoe/kayak and $20 for a single kayak. We do not have SUP's for rent.

After the Race, there will be a free Race Party on Johnson's Beach from 12-4 p.m. with live music (Cahoots and Bad Apple String Band), food trucks, vendors and beer. Invite your friends and family! Camping is also available at Johnson's Beach.

IMPORTANT: Race Registration closes at Noon on Friday, June 3. No walk-ins on Race Day.

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 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 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.


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.


    • On Race Day, Check-in will run from 9:00-9:30 a.m. Race attendants will be waiting for you at the parking lot at Johnson’s Beach, bottom of Church St., Guerneville. Parking is free for racers before 10:00, $5/car after 10:00 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.


    • 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).
    • 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.


    • Event parking at Johnson’s Beach is free for racers arriving before 10:00 a.m. For all others after 10:30, the cost is $5.
    • 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.

    Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

    Stacy Powell93KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Tony Hansen41KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Tripp Harrison123CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Mark Warren139KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Tim Stylianapoupalopolous142KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Trent Snyder89SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Steve Schurke163SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Michael Melville168SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Andy Rees173SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Tom Sher190SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Patrick Koenig193SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Matthew Kramer195SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Bill Mashek247SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    James Robison248SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Juliet Clothier11SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Kris Clothier12SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Tina Haley13SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Arline Thomas40SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Mary Spicer147SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Lauren Adkins155SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Devina Horstmann161SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Mairyn Hansen174SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Zoey Heyer-gray186SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Max Newkirk188SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Rebecca Turner192SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    John Cruz21KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Paul Every24KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Joachim Vobis25KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Dean Arnold43KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Mark Demeulenaere46KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Matt Tierney52KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    William Rudometkin55KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Eric Mcdermott57KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Greg Lewis59KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Ed Burdett60KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Nick Bel65KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Martin Wilson69KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Matthew Moore95KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Doug Doll100KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Zachary Alva140KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Adrian Bluford153KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Doug Butler157KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Marvin Meistrich181KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Martin Mejia191KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Douglas Manfredi199KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Rob Dehoney246KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Donna Cairati5KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Jill Fisher7KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Mary Padbury18KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Kay Cruz22KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Ursula Mares49KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Michelle Holmstedt64KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Kate Rawson67KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Violet Grgich68KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Michelle Yokoyama78KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Naomi Mcleod83KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Wendy Demeulenaere85KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Abigail Tolson94KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Tanya Alva101KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Ruth Wilson104KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Lynda Tjarks119KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Molly Rodgers134KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Morgan Rodgers135KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Susan Starbird194KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Brenda Manfredi200KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Livia Petronio249KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Patricia Sharp250KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Chris Crispo9KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Rita Grindle10KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Rebecca Van Lith35KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Jasper Caddell48KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Susan Vargas58KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Adam Knutson66KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Chloe Madden70KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Kristine Rue72KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Steve Brooks76KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Jon Mann98KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Shelia Biaggi125KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Carolyn Burke127KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Lindsey Hurtt150KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Stacey Smith160KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Janet Weisberg166KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Richard Petersen180KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Vida Sharp245KayakOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Brad Drexler77KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Philip Majumdar108KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Petri Alva141KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Susanne Esquivel39KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Willa Imhoff53KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Quincey Imhoff80KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Linda Locke128KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Emma Esquivel146KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Circe Sher176KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Sabrina Sihakom178KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Warren Watkins23CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Tyler Norris27CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Hector Bedolla71CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Mike Guy106CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    John Delaney112CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    David Berman115CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Andy Mah117CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Michael Zardo167CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Cody Zardo169CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Bill Roberts-ross206CanoeOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Alexandra Charsley185CanoeOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Kate Gomes187CanoeOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Abel Macias86CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Fernando Garcia87CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Erica Lilja-ruiz105CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Jeff Davies107CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Keith Lacy109CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Jacquelyn Purvis116CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Jennifer Hart129CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Lynn Smith170CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Linda Mendes171CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Wesley Watson172CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Bryce Watson175CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Raymond Allen177CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Erika Dwyer179CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Sean Swickard183CanoeOpen (All Ages)Mixed
    Luke Barrett32Surfski SingleOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Christopher Farris37High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Craig Caddell47Surfski SingleOpen (All Ages)Guy
    James Ward62High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Tim Williams97Surfski SingleOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Greg Asbell103Surfski SingleOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Isaac Garcia138High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Erik Strickland154High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Jan Jirout159High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Carter Johnson207Surfski SingleOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Mike Mccoy242Surfski SingleOpen (All Ages)Guy
    Lacey Taylor96High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Cindy Taylor99High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Rachael Ward137High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Amy Heil151High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Suzie Johnson152High Performance KayakOpen (All Ages)Girl
    Colin Shipman14KayakWith parentAll
    Mary Elizabeth Johnson42KayakWith parentAll
    Rachel Aram113CanoeWith parentAll
    Hut Wade162CanoeWith parentAll
    Brenna Raugewitz184KayakWith parentAll
    Jonnie Sharp198KayakU12All
    Anna Fisher91SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Madeleine King145SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Terri Plunkett156SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Janet Walp189SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Judy Jensen243SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Shanna Upton244SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
    Mike Grummell3SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Tony Montero36SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Peter Bjorklund102SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    John Dye120SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Daniel Ward122SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Jamie Willin132SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Gary Leong133SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Chris Matson136SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Dave Hook144SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Christopher Wallace148SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Pete Gauvin149SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    John Hadley158SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Darren Howe164SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    John Walsh165SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Chad Raugewitz182SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Dave Jensen196SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Brian Thomas197SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Phil Tresenrider240SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy
    Steve Merrifield241SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Guy

    Results Select an event to view results.

    Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

    Short Course- leaves private beach 4 miles upstream of Johnson's Beach.

    Long Course- leaves Steelhead Beach, finishes at Johnson's Beach.

    Short course Check-in: Johnson's Beach, 16215 First St., Guerneville. Free parking until 10:30 a.m.

    Long course Check-in: Steelhead Beach,
    9000 River Road, Forestville. Parking $7 (free with Sonoma County Regional Parks Pass).


    Jun 4, 2016


    Guerneville, CA