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.