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The 37th Annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race

A classic, volunteer led event on the free-flowing Rappahannock River: SUP, Kayak & Canoe - plus races for kids!

 Export to Your Calendar 6/3/2017
When: Saturday June 3rd
7:30 AM
Where: Map this event »
Old Mill Park
2410 Caroline St
Fredericksburg, Virginia  22401
United States
Contact: Chris Stec

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The 37th annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race (GRWCR) is designed to be both a competitive or a relaxed event and is family and pet friendly. This classic Fredericksburg event always occurs on the first Saturday in June.  

The GRWCR is a cornerstone of the  Rock the River event!


Proceeds from the 2016 annual race will support:

Races Include:

  • Flatwater Youth Race (100 yards, Free) - Canoe, Kayak or SUP
    • kayaks provided (or you can bring your own, canoe, kayak or SUP)
  • Flatwater SUP Race (1.8 miles) - Sprint Race
  • Flatwater SUP Race (4.8 miles) - Distance Race
  • Whitewater SUP (1 mile) - Sprint Race
  • Whitewater SUP (1 mile) - Head to Head Race
  • Whitewater Downriver (5 miles) - Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race
  • Whitewater Sprint (1 mile) - Canoe & Kayak Race
  • Canoe Poling Downriver (5 miles)
  • Scout Challenge (tandem canoe race for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts & Venture Scouts)



  • $15 - 1st Race (Adult)
  • $7   - 1st Race (Junior - 17 & younger; & Scout Challenge)
  • $7   - Each Additional Race
  • $5   - Insurance Fee for non-ACA members
  • $15 - T-shirt
  • Free - Youth Race
   Race Day
  • $20 - 1st Race (Adult)
  • $10 - 1st Race (Junior - 17 & younger; & Scout Challenge)
  • $10 -  Each Additional Race
  • $5   - Insurance Fee for non-ACA members
  • $15  - T-shirt
  • Free - Youth Race
  • Online registration is now closed - you can register on-site at Old Mill Park starting at 7:30am
    • Benefits of registering online:
      • reduced price
      • faster check-in line on race day to pick up bibs and racer packet 
  • Or, bring a Paper Registration Form (Word / PDF) with you to Race HQ at Old Mill Park
  • On-site registration will be at Old Mill Park, starting at 7:30am on race day
  • If you are not an ACA member, please consider joining the ACA, or you will need to pay an additional $5.00 Insurance Fee
  • Save time on race day - fill out your waiver online! 
    • Adult Waiver
    • Junior / Youth Waiver
Water Levels:
  • Based off of the color coded gauge just downstream of the VOC:
    • If the river level is in the 'Green', the race will take place on the whitewater sections as planned  
    • If the river level is in the 'Yellow'  (approximately 3.5 or 3.6 feet on the USGS gauge) the race will not take place on the whitewater section from Mott's Run down to Old Mill Park.  The race might be moved to the moving water section from Old Mill Park down to either City Dock or Little Falls
    • All racers who have registered online will receive an email update if the race location is changed due to water levels.  This webpage will also be updated
Cancellation & Venue Change:
  • If a registration cancellation is necessary for one or more races, payment, less a $10.00 administrative fee, is refundable if written notice is received prior to May 30th. No refund will be made for cancellations received after May 30th, except when caused by serious personal illness; in this case, the loss will be shared equally.
  • In the event that the Rappahannock River is running at a high level, the races will either be moved to another section of the river which might not contain any whitewater, or the race might be cancelled.  There will be no rain date.  In the event of a cancellation, registration funds will be refunded upon written request.  
  • If the race must be relocated to another section of river or cancelled, this webpage will be updated and an email will be sent to those who have registered online.
Race Sponsors / Partners:
  • 2016 Partner / Sponsor Packet (PDF
  • Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors and our 2016 Sponsors (below)!
Race Results:

Save the Date:
  • Saturday, June 3, 2017 - the 37th annual GRWCR!
Thank you for your support!

The local volunteer Race Committee sincerely hopes that everyone has a good time and enjoys their day on the river!


The following organizations have generously offered their partnership and support of the 2016 Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race: 



Little Tire Company            Covenant Funeral Service         Steve Spratt Improvements      Wegmans

Shirlie Slack Mitsubishi     Riverside Weddings by Clore     VAMAC, Inc.


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