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|The Great Russian River Race|
|Date||Saturday May 03|
|Time||11:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
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Healdsburg Veteran's Memorial Beach
13839 Old Redwood Highway
Healdsburg, CA 95448
|info [at] russianriverkeeper.org|
The severe drought conditions that have gripped our state and reduced flows in the Russian River did not dry out our racers enthusiasm. When announcing a possible cancellation of the popular canoe and kayak race due to expected low flows, past participants and sponsors offered great ideas to keep the race alive in the drought. The exchange of ideas resulted in the Drought Edition of the Race, which will include a "paddle and portage" scenario where boats will need to be carried over shallow areas of the 5-mile Race.
In keeping with the Drought Edition theme, this year's race will feature a Water Conservation Fair at the party that takes place at Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg on May 3rd from 12-4 p.m. Attendance is free.
"Unfortunately we did have to cancel the 15 mile course due to the lower flows," said Race organizer and Russian Riverkeeper staff Kate Wilson. "At the same time we're thrilled to be able to continue the tradition of the race and maintain the primary source of Riverkeeper's Education Program funding in this critical drought year."
This year's race will be limited to 200 racers and is expected to sell out so racers should get registered as soon as possible to avoid missing out. The free River Race Party features music by Cahoots, local beer & wine, food trucks and kids activities on the banks of the River. In addition, the Water Conservation Fair with local agencies and organizations will help demonstrate how you can reduce your water use in this drought. "We hope the community comes out to watch the race, it's a lot of fun and you can bring beach blankets and spend the day along the river and listen to some music and learn how you can make a difference to protect the river," said Wilson.
"The Race kicks off a summer of fun on the River that revives past traditions to help fund our education program and puts those funds towards improving our River's health."