LA River Boat Race

The 4th Annual LA River Boat Race offers paddlers a new way to enjoy the river and its recreational and educational potential. That’s even if they are first-timers who don't own a boat.

Beginner, recreational and expert courses challenge paddlers to engage with our revitalizing river in a safe environment. Registration for new paddlers is “pay what you can."

Safety equipment and kayaks are provided if needed. Fun is the operative word, with costumes more than allowed. And our new multi-sport relay -- mixing paddling, biking and running -- encourages teamwork! SUPs welcome.

Don't miss this unique urban paddling experience now in its third year. 

Organized under a permit from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, any proceeds benefit the education and recreation programs of non-profit LA River Expeditions.

COURSE DETAILS

In 2017 we have three events to choose from.

Our Original "Fun" Course sprint welcomes beginning, recreational and expert paddlers. Participants paddle a short rapid and then some flatwater, performing one "fun" task along the way. We provide kayaks and safety gear if requested. Beginners are welcome to "pay what they can." (A $25 donation is suggested.) We love stand up paddleboards, especially inflatables.

Our Expert Down River Race runs 3 full river miles. Experienced adult paddlers with their own craft and gear navigate rocky rapids, dead ends, shallow areas rock gardens, and a portage to the finish line! Whew!

New in 2016, the Multisport Relay combines paddling (again, SUPs welcome), cycling and running in a four-person team effort over four laps of a half-mile section of the river and adjacent bike path. Only one "captain" should register for the team at this site.

Got a question? Email us at BoatRace2016@lariverboatrace.org. But read on first.

Third LA River Boat Race 

September 17, 2016
Glendale Narrows 

PROGRAM

10 am – Boat/bike drop off and check in at 2900 Clearwater St 90039 begins

11:15 am – Opening ceremony with City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell at Clearwater Street put in

11:30 am – Race Pre-Parade with Honorary Boaters on Rattlesnake Rapid

11:45 am – “Fun” Race begins at Clearwater Street

1:15 p.m. – Boat/bike drop off and registration end

1:30 pm – Multisport Relay Racers meeting  at 2900 Clearwater Street

1:45 pm – Multisport Relay Race Heats and Finals begin

2:30 pm – Down River Racers Meeting at 2900 Clearwater Street

2:45 pm – Down River (Timed) Race begins 

3 pm – Frogtown Brewery  (2931 Gilroy) opens for special preview tasting featuring five brews and live music by Alias Means and Skip Heller

4 pm – Awards ceremony at Frogtown Brewery


Avoid face-to-hand river water contact. Wash hands and exposed skin after water contact. Look for wash stands provided riverside. 

 
The LA River Boat Race is produced under a permit from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority granted to the Electric Lodge. Any proceeds will benefit LA River Expeditions' recreational and educational programs. 
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COURSE DETAILS

In 2017 we have three events to choose from.

-Our original "Fun Course" sprint welcomes beginner, recreational and expert paddlers. Participants paddle a short rapid and then some flatwater, performing one "fun" task along the way. We provide boat and safety gear if requested. SUPs welcome.

Beginners are welcome to "pay what they can," though a $25 donation is suggested.

-Our Expert Down River Race runs 3 full river miles. Experienced adult paddlers in their own boats and gear navigate rocky rapids, dead ends, shallow areas rock gardens, and a portage to the finish line! Whew! Course begins at put-in just below Clearwater Street and ends at Rec Zone take out at Oso Park.

-New in 2017, the Multisport Relay combines paddling, cycling and running in a four-person team effort. The teams will trade off over four laps of a half-mile section of the river and adjacent bike path. Race begins and ends at Clearwater Street put in. Teams must bring their own bikes. Again, SUPs are welcome. We can provide kayaks needed for each team on request. Only one "captain" need register at the Paddle Guru site on behalf of each team.

NOTE: We consider beginners those who have been paddling any body of water for a limited period of time. Recreational paddlers are usually those with some flatwater, whitewater or sea kayaking experience, though they may not own their own boats. Experts know who they are. It is up to you to decide whether you are beginner, recreational or expert boater.

PARKING AND GEAR DROP OFF DETAILS

Please park your car on Fletcher Drive or on Ripple Street by the Highway 2 overpass. Please be sensitive to the residential nature of the neighborhood you will pass through. Being here is a privilege we do not want to lose. 

Once you have registered, please let us know at BoatRace2016@lariverboatrace.org if you will be dropping off your personal boat and/or bike for use.

Participants will be dropping off their boards or boards between 10 a.m. and noon at the 2900 Clearwater St. put in. Bicycles for the multi-sport relay should be walked into the area either to avoid congestion. Personal vessels used in the Original "Fun" and Multisport races should be picked up at the end of Gilroy Street, approximately 3015 Gilroy. 

See "Directions" tab for how to Google precise location information.

Got questions? Email us at BoatRace2016@lariverboatrace.org.

Google 2900 Clearwater Street 90039 to find put in and registration/check in location.

Google 3105 Gilroy Street for "Fun" Race end point and take out. 

Google 2400 Fletcher Drive 90039 or 2852 Glenview Avenue 90039 for parking.

Google 2100 Oros 90031 to find Down River Race end point and take out.





When:

Sep 17, 2017

Where:

Los Angeles, CA