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42nd Annual Canoe Race

May 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The 42nd Annual New River Canoe Race and Family Float will be held the first day of Summer – Friday, June 21, in Jefferson, NC.
This Ashe County tradition is sponsored by generous donations from community sponsors. Proceeds from the race support ongoing restoration work and river clean ups in North Carolina being done by the New River Conservancy.
Whether you compete, float for fun, or just spectate, come enjoy a beautiful day on the banks of the New River!
Bring your own canoe or kayak, or rent one from Zaloo’s for a discounted rate. Zaloo’s also provides a free shuttle on the day of the race. The average time for new paddlers on this 5 mile stretch of river is around 1 hour. Many contestants with advanced skills have completed the race in less than 45 minutes. The race will take place rain or shine!
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$30 Adult (18 +) Register by June 10 and receive your new t-shirt guaranteed!
$15 Child (Under 18)
Day of race registration allowed.
Registration closes Wednesday, June 19th.
Family Fun Float begins at 1:00 PM
Race begins with staggered starts 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
In person registration will begin 12:00 PM on Race Day. 
Preference will be given to pre-registered guests to begin the race.


Click here to register


May 21
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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