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
4-Mile Short Course
Recreational Double CanoeRecreational Double
Kayak Recreational Family
Double (any craft that holds 2 with one adult and one child 12 and under)Stand-up Paddleboard
8-Mile Long Course
Double Kayak/Canoe (kayaks
and canoes will race in same division)Stand-up Paddleboard
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.