31st Annual Great Falls Race

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Potomac River
C&O Canal National Historic Park
Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center
11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, Maryland 20854

The Great Falls Race was one of the original extreme whitewater competitions, and more than 30 years later it will still be one of the most challenging. The premiere event of the Potomac Festival is a sub-60 second sprint down through the powerful cataracts dropping nearly 60 vertical feet. Only experts may compete, but the entire paddling community is welcome to watch and volunteer.

This downriver race is a quick, adrenaline-packed descent of 60 vertical feet through the Potomac’s spectacular Class V+ Great Falls. Watch top kayakers from around the nation dash down the falls and compete for the Great Falls Race trophy.

RACERS MUST REGISTER ONLINE PRIOR TO 12:00 NOON ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 16.

SCHEDULE DETAILS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14

12:00 PM Great Falls Race: Announce Race Lines

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

6:00 PM Great Falls Race: Safety Crew Training

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

7:00 AM Pre-Race Table Opens

8:00 AM Racer Meeting & Safety Briefing

10:00 AM Great Falls Race

Anticipated completion: 2:00 PM

Fee: $25 for early registration; $35 starting August 12.

Note: after completing the on-line registration form, you must click through to the PayPal site to pay your entry fee. Registration is incomplete until fee is paid.

Pre-registrations online only – no on-site registration on race day!

Race details and course descriptions here.

Follow announcements at our Facebook event.

And be sure to check out Rhys Jensen-Jones’ cool promo video to get you stoked!