2021 Calendar of Events

Who’s ready to start a new year? Mark your calendars!

We will post details and registration in advance of each event. See the Facebook event pages linked below for more information.

Attainment Race #1
Saturday, February 27⋅9:00am
Location: C&O Canal Anglers Beach, Potomac River

Top Yough Race
Saturday, April 3⋅1:00pm
Location: Swallow Falls State Park, MD

Little Falls Race #1
Saturday, June 19⋅9:00am
Location: C&O Canal Lock 5 / Little Falls – Potomac River

Little Falls Race #2
Saturday, July 17⋅9:00am
Location: C&O Canal Lock 5 / Little Falls – Potomac River

Great Falls Race & AWP Extreme Kayak North American Championship
Saturday, August 13-15
Location: Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, Potomac, MD

Potomac Festival
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Location: TBA

Lord of the Fork Race
Saturday, October 23, 2021⋅2:00pm
Location: Russell Fork River, KY

Attainment Race #2
Saturday, October 30, 2021⋅9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: C&O Canal Anglers Beach, Potomac River

All Great Falls Foundation events, along with many other events around the region, are updated regularly on this calendar.

2020 Calendar of Events

Mark your calendars!

We will post details and registration in advance of each event. See the Facebook event pages linked below for course descriptions.

FEBRUARY 29
Attainment Race #1, Paddle-the-Potomac Race Series
Anglers Beach, Potomac River
Potomac, Maryland

APRIL 4
Top Yough Race
Swallow Falls State Park
Oakland, Maryland

JUNE 6
Little Falls Race #1, Paddle-the-Potomac Race Series
Little Falls on the Potomac River
Bethesda, Maryland

JULY 18
Little Falls Race #2, Paddle-the-Potomac Race Series
Little Falls on the Potomac River
Bethesda, Maryland

AUGUST 14-15
Great Falls Race & AWP North American Kayak Championship
Great Falls of the Potomac River
Potomac, Maryland

AUGUST 15
2020 Potomac River Festival
TBA
Potomac, Maryland

OCTOBER 24
Lord of the Fork Race
Russell Fork River
Elkhorn City, Kentucky

OCTOBER 31
Attainment Race #2, Paddle-the-Potomac Race Series
Anglers Beach, Potomac River
Potomac, Maryland

Follow our Facebook page and check in here on this site periodically for updates!

For your reference, check out this calendar of whitewater events. It’s primarily focused on the US Mid-Atlantic region, and includes other events of interest.

AWP SELECTS GREAT FALLS RACE AS 2020 AMERICAN EXTREME KAYAK CHAMPIONSHIPS

We are thrilled to announce that the Association Whitewater Professionals selected the Great Falls Race as the Extreme Kayak American Championship 2020. We will host the traditional Great Falls Race and the AWP American Championships events concurrently during August 14-15, 2020 on the Potomac River near Washington, DC. Race format, event details, and registration coming soon.

The AWP 2020 series includes the Extreme Kayak World Championships at Ekstremsportveko, Norway during June 21-28, the European Championships at King of the Alps, Italy during June 5-7, and a points Ranking Race at Slalom 7 Soeurs / Seven Sisters Slalom Race, Quebec, Canada in late August.

Training started yesterday!

2019 Potomac Festival

Saturday, August 17
2:00pm-8:00pm

Join us to celebrate this great river and its wonderful community of paddlers.

Location: Rockwood Manor, 11001 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854

Great Falls Race Awards Ceremony

Catered Barbeque

Raffles & Games

Live Music

Vendors and organizations wishing to participate, please contact us at events@greatfallsfoundation.org.

Follow announcements at our Facebook event.

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!

Email Addresses

Please contact any of us regarding Great Falls Foundation business at the following addresses:

president@greatfallsfoundation.org (Chuck Thornton)

meredith@greatfallsfoundation.org (Meredith Waters)
events@greatfallsfoundation.org (Meredith Waters)

ashley@greatfallsfoundation.org (Ashley Nee)

geoff@greatfallsfoundation.org (Geoff Calhoun)
greatfallsrace@greatfallsfoundation.org (Geoff Calhoun)

jt@greatfallsfoundation.org (JT Stanton)
volunteers@greatfallsfoundation.org (JT Stanton)

john@greatfallsfoundation.org (John Harding)

brian@greatfallsfoundation.org (Brian DeCicco)
littlefallsrace@ greatfallsfoundation.org (Brian DeCicco)

amos@greatfallsfoundation.org  (Amos Ludwig)
topyoughrace@ greatfallsfoundation.org  (Amos Ludwig)

2019 Draft Event Schedule

Pencil these dates into your calendars! We will announce final dates over the coming weeks/months.

February 23: Attainment Race (Potomac, MD) April 6 or 13: Top Yough Race (Oakland, MD) May TBD: Family Day & Intro to Paddling (Poolesville, MD) July 14: Little Falls Race #1 (Brookmont, MD) August 10: Little Falls Race #2 (Brookmont, MD) August 17: Great Falls Race & Potomac Festival (Potomac, MD) November TBD: S-Turn Giant Slalom (Great Falls, VA)