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Coming in May, 2020

We envision a 44-mile canoe & kayak race covering the entire length of the Rivanna River from Charlottesville to Columbia, VA.

This race would take up the void that the James River Rundown left in its wake and establish a new long distance race in the state of Virginia.

This type of race will take a great deal of planning and volunteer help so let us know if you are interested in helping this idea become a reality in 2019 2020.

Please fill out this form to let us know if you are interested in racing or volunteering.

Please fill out this form to let us know if you are interested in racing or volunteering.
* Logo graciously donated by Sarah Bright, Graphic Designer, Charlottesville VA


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