eStore   |   Donate   |   Join
The 38th Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race
Map this EventMap this Event Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend
The 38th Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race

A classic, volunteer led event on the free-flowing Rappahannock River: SUP, Kayak & Canoe - plus races for kids!

 Export to Your Calendar 6/2/2018
When: Saturday June 2nd
7:30 AM
Where: Map this event »
Old Mill Park
2410 Caroline St
Fredericksburg, Virginia  22401
United States
Contact: Chris Stec

« Go to Upcoming Event List  

The 38th 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 is a cornerstone of the  Rock the River event!


Proceeds from the 2017 annual race will support:

Races Include:

  • Flatwater Youth Races (100 yards, Free) - Kayak or SUP
    • kayaks provided (or you can bring your own)
    • SUPs provided (or you can bring your own)
  • Flatwater SUP Race (1.8 miles)
    Whitewater Downriver (5 miles) - Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race
  • Whitewater Sprint (1 mile) - Canoe, Kayak & SUP Race
  • Canoe Poling Downriver (5 miles)
  • Scout Challenge (tandem canoe race for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts & Venture Scouts)

Prize Money!


New for 2017, the following prize money will be awarded to the fastest male and female competitors in the following races:

  • $100 - Downriver Whitewater Kayak: Men
  • $100 - Downriver Whitewater Canoe: Men
  • $100 - Downriver Whitewater Kayak: Women
  • $100 - Downriver Whitewater Canoe: Women
  • $50   - Sprint Whitewater Kayak: Men
  • $50   - Sprint Whitewater Kayak: Women
  • $100 - Flatwater SUP: Men
  • $100 - Flatwater SUP: Women

The fastest male and female, regardless of which class they enter (Junior, Recreational under 50, Recreational over 50, or Expert Class) will receive the prize money for each of the races listed above. Championship Class times will not be eligible for prize money.  For the Flatwater SUP race, there will only be 1 male and 1 female winner, regardless of board length (provided the board fits into one of the three length classes).  In the event of a tie in a race, the prize money will be evenly split between the winners.




  • $15 - 1st Race (Adult)
  • $7   - 1st Race (Junior - 17 & younger; & Scout Challenge)
  • $7   - Each Additional Race
  • $5   - Insurance Fee for non-ACA members
  • $15 - T-shirt
  • Free - Youth Race
   Race Day
  • $20 - 1st Race (Adult)
  • $10 - 1st Race (Junior - 17 & younger; & Scout Challenge)
  • $10 -  Each Additional Race
  • $5   - Insurance Fee for non-ACA members
  • $15  - T-shirt
  • Free - Youth Race
  • Online registration will open in April of 2018.
    • 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
  • 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
  • Save time on race day - fill out your waiver online!
  • Online waiver submission closed at 1pm on Thursday, June 1st.
    • Adult Waiver
    • Junior / Youth Waiver
Water Levels:
  • If the river level is 3.6 feet on the USGS Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg gauge the race will not take place on the whitewater section from Mott's Run down to Old Mill Park.  The race might be moved to the moving water section from Old Mill Park down to either City Dock or Little Falls
    • All racers who have registered online will receive an email update if the race location is changed due to water levels.  This webpage will also be updated
Cancellation & Venue Change:
  • 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 30th. No refund will be made for cancellations received after May 30th, 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 Sponsors / Partners:
  • 2017 Partner / Sponsor Packet (PDF
  • Thank you to our previous Sponsors and our 2017 Sponsors (below)!
Race Results:

Save the Date:
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 - the 38th annual GRWCR!
  • Saturday, June 1, 2019
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 2017 Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race: 






The Family Advantage

 Little Tire Company  

 Shirlie Slack




more Event Calendar

3/23/2018 » 3/25/2018
Whitewater US Open

3/23/2018 » 3/25/2018
Level 1-2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop (IDW/ICE)

ACA Mission

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

ACA on Facebook Follow the ACA on Twitter ACA on YouTube ACA Daily Water Blog
Follow us on Pinterest Connect on LinkedIn


Contact Us
ACA | Canoe-Kayak-SUP-Raft-Rescue
503 Sophia St. Suite 100
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-907-4460
Contact Staff
Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal