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*Due to Hurricane Florence, and the City of Fredericksburg declaring a state of emergency - this weekend's GRWCR has been cancelled. Please mark your calendars for June 1, 2019.


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 late April of 2019
  • Online registration is open until May 29 (online)
  • On site registration: any time before 3pm on June 1st

2019 Information:

  • Race Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
  • 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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