Exciting weekend of races scheduled for Central Virginia this coming May


It looks like the first weekend in May 2020 will be a great weekend to spend in Central Virginia, USA.

Two different races will coincide on the same weekend to allow canoe and kayak paddlers to race in two races on consecutive days on the same weekend.

Saturday May 2, 2020 will be the 23rd running of the Nelson Downriver Race, held on the Tye River in Nelson County Virginia.  Staring near Tye River Junction (between Lynchburg and Charlottesville, VA) the Nelson Downriver Race is an 8.6-mile race that includes Class II – Class II+ rapids through a very scenic valley that very much feels like paddling down a remote mountain stream.

And then on Sunday May 3, 2020, approximately 30 minutes north, will be the 15th annual running of the Rivanna River Race in Charlottesville, VA.  The Rivanna River Race will be a 6.5-mile race this year skirting around the city of Charlottesville from the north side to the east side.  The river is a mix of mostly flat water with a few sets of Class I-II+ rapids thrown in to keep paddlers on full alert.

It is shaping up to be a great weekend where paddlers can paddle in two different races in very close proximity to each other on the same weekend.

See you there!



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