Catawba River Races

A series of morning races offers competitors multiple ways to test their skills in water with open water swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, flatwater kayaking, race race, or boatercross. Competitive or Recreational divisions available for each discipline.


Open Water Swim – 1.25 Miles

Competitive Kayak – 4 Miles

Recreational Kayak – 2.5 Miles

Competitive Stand-Up Paddleboard – 4 Miles

Recreational Stand-Up Paddleboard- 2.5 Miles

Whitewater SUP

Guided & Unguided Raft Race

Boatercross

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Race Info

Flatwater

  • Swim/Kayak/SUP

    Last day to pre-register is June 8, 2023

    $35

  • Day-of Registration

    If available

    $42

Whitewater

  • SUP/Boatercross

    Last day to pre-register is June 8, 2023

    $35

  • Guided & Unguided Raft Race

    Last day to pre-register is June 8, 2023

    $100 per boat

  • Day-of Registration

    Only available for SUP/Boatercross

    $42

Additional Information

Open Water Swim

  • Each swimmer must provide their own safety personnel (kayak, paddle & PFD will be provided for safety person) throughout the duration of the Open Water Swim race.
  • Swim caps are required and will be provided during packet-pickup.

Flatwater Kayak/SUP

COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS

  • Paddlers may use their own equipment or Whitewater Center equipment (PFD and kayak/SUP)

 

 

RECREATIONAL DIVISIONS

  • Paddlers must use Whitewater Center equipment (PFD and kayak/SUP)

Whitewater SUP

  • Paddlers must provide their own equipment (PFD and SUP/paddle)
  • Paddlers will navigate through a series of gates along the competition channel

Boatercross

  • Paddlers must provide their own equipment (PFD and kayak/paddle)
  • Paddlers will navigate through a series of gates along the competition channel
  • Boatercross uses a tournament-style bracket with heats of up to 4 paddlers

Raft Race

  • Teams of 2-4 participants
  • Age restrictions
    • 11+ years-old for guided raft race
    • 16+ years-old for unguided raft race
  • Teams will compete in a tournament style bracket
  • Rafts will navigate through a series of gates along the competition channel

 

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Race Shirts

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Schedule

Flatwater

  • Saturday, June 10, 2023
  • 6:45am Day-of registration and packet pick-up begins at Flatwater Dock Trip Talk
  • 7:30am Open Water Swim Division start
  • 8:45am Day-of registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 9:00am Kayak & Stand-Up Paddle Board Divisions start

Whitewater

  • Saturday, June 10, 2023
  • 6:45am Day-of packet pickup and check-in begins at River Center
  • 7:30am SUP race begins
  • 8:30am Boatercross race begins
  • 10:30am Unguided raft race begins
  • 11:00am Day-of packet pickup and check-in ends
  • 11:30am Guided raft race begins

Awards

Participants must be present at the award ceremony to receive awards. Awards will be given to the top 3 Male/Female participants in each division.

Results

2022 Results

2021 Results

2019-2018 Results

Sponsors