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The Great Russian River Race

Saturday, May 04, 2013
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Type:
Kate Wilson
Location Details:
Healdsburg Veteran's Memorial Beach
13839 Old Redwood Highway
Healdsburg, CA 95448

The Great Russian River Race (GR3) will attract some of the country's top canoeing, kayaking and SUP athletes, local adventurers, recreational paddlers and corporate teams to race in two exciting events. The Russian River has a rich history in hosting river events, dating back to the Water Carnival of 1908. In this tradition, Russian Riverkeeper will host the 2013 Great Russian River Race as a fundraiser for the Clean Campus Clean Creeks program and to benefit Sonoma County Regional Parks.

Advanced and expert paddlers will compete in a 15-mile Bridge-to-Bridge Race, starting at the Alexander Valley Bridge. Recreational and corporate team paddlers will do battle over the 5-mile Rio Lindo Race, starting north of Healdsburg. Both races will finish at the Healdsburg Memorial Bridge, welcomed by the free River Race Party featuring great food, local beer & wine and live music on the banks of the River. Not racing? Come to the free party and cheer on the racers as they cross the Finish Line.

The emphasis of the Great Russian River Race is adventure, competition and fun. Race winners will share over $5,000 in cash and prizes. The two races are designed to accommodate professional athletes, corporate and social teams as well as families. Professional outfitter River's Edge Kayak and Canoe will manage the river operations, safety and logistics for the race.

"We are so excited to partner with Russian Riverkeeper to put on this fantastic event. It will be great fun for participants and spectators alike, and help us make the historic Veterans Memorial Beach swimming hole available this summer," stated Sonoma County Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart. "This is a great example of the new model for sustainable parks - parks and their partners working together to serve our community."

Entries are now open and we recommend that interested paddlers visit the website and sign up while there is still space. Early registration discount ends May 1st.
Added to the calendar on Sun, Mar 24, 2013 5:15PM
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