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35th annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race


Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Fredericksburg, VirginiaGRWCR Start 600 x 450

Along with the local, volunteer organizing committee, the ACA will host the 35th annual Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race (GRWCR) in Fredericksburg, VA on Saturday, June 6, 2015.


SANY0049 600 x 450 This classic Fredericksburg event takes place every year on the first Saturday in June. Races are open to participants of all ages and include both whitewater and flatwater canoeing, kayaking, SUP, and even canoe poling. In addition, there are races for youth and Scouts.


Online registration for the GRWCR will be available in early May, and participants can also register on-site starting at 7:45am on race day at Old Mill Park. Proceeds from this annual race support Friends of the Rappahannock, the ACA Collegiate Racing Program, the Fredericksburg Fire Department's River Rescue Team, and the Fredericksburg Chapter of Team River Runner.

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This year, the GRWCR is part of the inaugural Rock the River FXBG event ( This all-day, stewardship-focused festival features environmental educational programs from local conservation organizations, on-water paddling instruction, river clean-ups, a running race, ultimate Frisbee, and a riverfront beer and blues festival.

For additional information, please visit


About the ACA
Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) 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 and recreation. The ACA has over 20,000 members at both an individual and organizational level and sponsors over 1,400 events each year, including 200 races. The ACA education program has an annual estimated outreach of 800,000 people. For more information, please visit

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