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The 40th Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race

A classic, volunteer led event on the free-flowing Rappahannock River: Canoeing, Kayaking, and SUP!

 Export to Your Calendar 6/5/2021
Where: Old Mill Park
2410 Caroline St
Fredericksburg, Virginia  22401
United States
Contact: Kelsey Bracewell

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The 40th 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 2020 has been cancelled. Join us in 2021!


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


Proceeds from the 2021 annual race will support:

Races Include:

  • Whitewater Downriver (5 miles) - Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race
  • Whitewater Sprint (1 mile) - Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race

Race Schedule:

  • Whitewater Downriver (5 miles)
    • Heat 1 departs Motts Run Boat Launch at 9:00 AM
    • Last Downriver Heat departs at 11:00 AM
  • Whitewater Sprint (1 mile)
    • Rolling launch from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM (no racers launched after 2PM)
  • Award Ceremony - 3:30 PM (tentative)


   Online Pre-Registration
  • $15 - 1st Race (Adult)
  • $7   - 1st Race (Junior - 17 & younger)
  • $7   - Each Additional Race
  • $5   - Insurance Fee for non-ACA members
  • $15 - T-shirt
   Race Day Registration
  • $20 - 1st Race (Adult)
  • $10 - 1st Race (Junior - 17 & younger)
  • $10 - Each Additional Race
  • $5  - Insurance Fee for non-ACA members
  • $15  - T-shirt
  • Online registration coming soon.
  • 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 Monday, May31st
  • 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
 Water Levels:
Cancellation & Venue Changes:
  • 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 31at. No refund will be made for cancellations received after May 31st, 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 Results:

Save the Date:
  • Saturday, June 4, 2022 - the 41st 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 2020 Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race: 





 Shirlie Slack



 Stephanie & Corbin



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