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*Due to the Rappahannock River predicting to crest on Saturday between 7 to 9ft in Fredericksburg, the Organizing Committee in consultation with the Fredericksburg Swiftwater Rescue Team has decided to postpone the 38th annual GRWCR based off of the river level guidelines posted below.


The new date to ‘pencil in to your calendars’ is:  Saturday, September 15, 2018.


You'll be able to race in the early afternoon, and then enjoy Friends of the Rappahannock's Riverfest (separate registration required) that evening!


The Youth Race is a short, free and fun kayak and SUP race that occurs on the first Saturday in June each year in conjunction with the Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race (GRWCR).


  • All Youth are welcome!
Race Course:
  • Rappahannock River
  • Distance: 100 yards along the bank at Old Mill Park

Age Classes for Boys & Girls


  • Kayaks and SUPs are provided courtesy of the ACA and Virginia Outdoor Center
    • Or, you can bring your own kayak or SUP
  • The Fredericksburg Fire Department's River Rescue Team will provide safety
  • Youth must register (no cost) online or on-site
  • Waivers must be signed


  • Online registration will open in mid-August
  • On site registration: any time before 3pm on September 15th

2018 Information:

  • Race Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Location: Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg, VA
  • On-site Registration: before 3pm
  • Racer Meeting: 3:30pm
  • Race Starts: 4:00pm

Additional information, including maps, registration and waivers can be found at:



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