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The 39th 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 6/1/2019
When: Saturday June 1st
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Old Mill Park
2410 Caroline St
Fredericksburg, Virginia  22401
United States
Contact: Chris Stec

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The 39th 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 2019 annual race will support:

Races Include:

  • Flatwater Youth Races (100 yards, Free) - Kayak or SUP
    • Kayaks provided (or you can bring your own)
    • SUPs provided (or you can bring your own)
  • Flatwater SUP Race (1.8 miles)
  • Flatwater Kayak Race (1.8 miles - new for 2019!)
  • Whitewater Downriver (5 miles) - Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race
  • Whitewater Sprint (1 mile) - Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race
  • Canoe Poling Downriver (5 miles)
  • Scout Challenge (tandem canoe race for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts & Venture Scouts)

Prize Money!


For 2019, the following prize money will be awarded to the fastest male and female competitors in the following races:

  • $100 - Downriver Whitewater Kayak: Men
  • $100 - Downriver Whitewater Canoe: Men
  • $100 - Downriver Whitewater Kayak: Women
  • $100 - Downriver Whitewater Canoe: Women
  • $50   - Sprint Whitewater Kayak: Men
  • $50   - Sprint Whitewater Kayak: Women
  • $100 - Flatwater SUP: Men
  • $100 - Flatwater SUP: Women
  • $100 - Flatwater Kayak: Men (New class this year)
  • $100 - Flatwater Kayak: Women (New class this year)


The fastest male and female, regardless of which class they enter (Junior, Recreational under 50, Recreational over 50, or Expert Class) will receive the prize money for each of the races listed above.  For the Flatwater SUP race, there will only be 1 male and 1 female winner, regardless of board length (provided the board fits into one of the three length classes). For the Flatwater Kayak race, there will only be 1 male and 1 female winner, regardless of boat length (provided the board fits into one of the three length classes). In the event of a tie in a race, the prize money will be evenly split between the winners.




  • $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 will open in late April of 2019 
  •  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
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, May 29th
  • 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!
  • Online waiver submission will close at 5pm on Wednesday, May 29th.
    • Adult Waiver
    • Junior / Youth Waiver
Water Levels:
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 27th. No refund will be made for cancellations received after May 27th, 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:
  • 2018 Partner / Sponsor Packet (PDF
  • Thank you to our previous Sponsors and our 2018 Sponsors (below)!
Race Results:

Save the Date:
  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 - the 39th annual GRWCR!
  • Saturday, June 6, 2020 - the 40th 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 2019 Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race: 





 Shirlie Slack




 Stephanie & Corbin




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