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When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Where: Great Falls Tavern/C&O National Park in Potomac, Maryland
11710 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, Maryland  20854
United States
Contact: Howard Morland

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SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017

Howard Morland, CCA Downriver Race Chair,
& Mike Corcoran, PWRC President

What race do you know of that has lasted consecutively for 62 years? The 62nd running of the CCA Potomac Downriver Race hosted by Sycamore Island and co-sponsored by Potomac Whitewater Racing Center will be Saturday, May 13th. COME AND BE A PART OF ONE OF THE GREATEST AND LONGEST RUNNING WHITEWATER RACES IN THE NATION! JOIN THE FUN!

Online registration is now easy. Go to and log in as a member or a guest. Find Downriver Race with the Race tab on the left. Advance registration is $20, day of race the entrance fee will increase to $25. Note also that $5 per paddler must be included in the fee for insurance unless the paddler is a member of ACA (American Canoe Association). Tandem teams pay as two individuals. Liability forms must be signed on race day.

The Maryland Canoe & Kayak Racing Series event begins at Rocky Island on the Potomac River just above Wet Bottom Rapid and continues for 7.5 miles to Sycamore Island. The race also will be a USA Wildwater Ranking Race. At the end of the race, a free T-shirt and a free lunch will be given to all workers and racers, and there will be a ceremony with awards and prizes for the winners. (If you do not attend the ceremony, do not expect to receive the above! No awards will be mailed!) 

Sign-in begins at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Great Falls Tavern/C&O National Park in Potomac, Maryland, followed by a mandatory meeting for all racers. If the river is over 5 feet, the race will start at the Old Anglers Inn put-in. And if the river is over 6 feet, the race will be postponed. Notice regarding any changes will be posted in the CCA, PWRC, and Monocacy Canoe Club websites.

This is a race for any whitewater paddler from the pros to parent/child tandem teams, but this is NOT A NOVICE RACE. All participants should have experience in and be comfortable with up to Class III rapids. Participants may enter with any type of a boat provided it is properly outfitted with adequate floatation (air bags) and all occupants of the boat are wearing a helmet and a PFD (life jacket).

If you plan to paddle the race, PLEASE PRE-REGISTER to help with registration and planning. Please do not bring two cars to the race -- parking will be difficult and a shuttle will be provided. 

VOLUNTEER helpers are needed for safety boats and for helping at the registration at Great Falls and at the finish at Sycamore Island. Volunteers will receive the gratitude of the racers, a sense of participating in an important annual river event, a race T-shirt, and lunch. 
Anyone interested in helping out with this year's race should contact Howard Morland at 703-525-1429 or e-mail DO JOIN THE FUN!! 

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