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Race update: Not happening in 2019, but highly likely for 2020

There are some new things to report regarding this race.

To make a long story short, it is not going to happen in 2019 but is highly likely to happen in 2020.

Now for the long story:

In Charlottesville, VA, there has been an annual 6.2-mile canoe and kayak race for the past 14 years.  For 13 of those years, one man, Merrill Bishop, has been the driving force behind the race and single-handedly served as Race Coordinator and Organizer.  (See more at: www/

Merrill stepped back and took a minor, supporting role in 2018 and this year is officially retiring from the race altogether.

A skeleton crew was able to keep the race going in 2018 but the organizers looked for ways to ensure the long-term future of the race.  During this period of time, a 44-mile ultra-marathon race was envisioned to boost interest and add a noteworthy endurance paddling event on the East Coast.

We were amazed at the more than 40 paddlers who said they'd race in the race, but the number of pe…