Race & Beach Party Info

The Great Russian River Race, May 4th, is opening day for the summer season on the beautiful Russian River. Recreational kayaks, canoes (individuals and teams) and SUP’s will do battle in the 5-mile Rio Lindo Race, starting north of Healdsburg. This year the race will be open to racers or family teams to youth over 5 years of age so the whole family can get on the River. Race proceeds will support planning work for more river access and trails!

Open the summer season on the river with old and new friends while enjoying the scenic 5 mile course from Digger’s Bend around Fitch Mountain to Healdsburg’s Veteran’s Memorial Beach where our Race Party awaits. We’ll have a limited number of rentals available to make it easy for everyone to join the fun. The Race Course is a relatively easy class 1 section of the river and we will have safety marshalls along the course to help anyone out. Our focus for this year’s race is to have fun! We will capture race finish placings but will leave timing up racers who want to have that information.

If you’ve been to the Great Russian River Race before – you know the biggest competition for first place is for the Costume Contest so be creative and you might win a prize! Any double boat can give themselves a Team name (humor and costumes are highly encouraged!)

Costume categories are:

Most Original – Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Team

Funniest – Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Team

We’re so excited to announce our confirmed food and drink vendors as well! Come hungry for Black Piglet. Jams Joy Bungalow and Tips Tri Tip. Wash the food down with beer from Seismic Brewing and wine from La Crema.

For more details on the race, click over to the registration page.

PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES (PFD’S) ARE MANDATORY TO PADDLE ON THE RIVER. They are included with your boat rental. If bringing your own boat, bring your own PFD.