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Bluegrass River Run  & 2018 Kentucky Waterman Series Kick Off Party

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Welcome to the Explore Kentucky Initiative’s (EKI) second annual Bluegrass River Run (BRR). The BRR paddlesports float and races were created to encourage local citizens & visitors to take in the majesty of the commonwealth’s namesake waterway, the Kentucky River. This year, paddlers will embark from Fort Boonesborough State Park (FBSP), home to the site of historic Fort Boonesborough, which was founded by the great frontiersman Daniel Boone. Their journey from FBSP immerses them in the impressive limestone geology of the beautiful palisades (canyon system) section of the Kentucky River, and they are able to experience the ambiance of early spring with beautiful views of river banks in full bloom. 

The 6 mile float and race ends in the Clays Ferry region in Madison and Fayette counties, and the 19 mile race ends near
the historic Valley View Ferry which has been in operation since 1780. Post event, paddlers rally at Proud Mary’s BBQ for a festival which includes live music, awards ceremony, raffle prizes, and rad booths from our sponsors/partners.

The Bluegrass River Run is part of the EKI’s Kentucky Waterman Series, the commonwealth’s first ever paddlesports racing league which was founded in 2017. The 2018 season features 11 events that take place across all regions of Kentucky including Appalachia, and
western, central, and northern Kentucky.  This will be the first event of the 2018 Kentucky Waterman Series and our first down river race/float of the year; making it a perfect way to start the season. Last May, we had over 100 paddlers from 10 states attend the BRR. Countless memories were made that weekend, and tons of high fives were exchanged. We’re excited to do it again for 2018!
 

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Paddlecraft Rentals

Registration Information + Transfer/Refund Policy

  • Registration deadline: May 4th

  • Must Register Online.

  • Entry fees are non-transferable. Race credit is available for future Kentucky Waterman Series Events.

Sponsors

 

Schedule of Events:

Friday, May 11th

  •  7 P.M Pre-race Party at Halls on the River in Clark County. 

Saturday,may 12th

  •  7:00 A.M: Boat Drop - Off/ Check - In

  •  8:15 A.M: 19 Mile shuttle departs from Lock & Dam #9

  • 9:15 A.M: 19 Mile Boonesborough to Valley View Challenge racer meeting (Mandatory)

  • 9:15 A.M :  6 Mile shuttle starts running from Proud Mary BBQ

  • 9:30 A.M : 19 Mile Boonesborough to Valley View Challenge (Start)

  • 11:15 A.M: 6 Mile Open Race meeting (Mandatory)

  • 11:30 A.M: 6 Mile Open Race (Start)

  • 11:40 A.M: 6 Family Friendly Float (Start)

  • 1:00 P.M: Season Kick Off Party + Outdoor Recreational festival begins featuring games, music, and booths at Proud Mary BBQ

  • 2:30 P.M: Post-Race meal begins at Proud Mary BBQ

  • 2:30 P.M:  Cut-off time for 6 Mile Open Race

  • 2:45 P.M:  Cut-off time for 19 Mile Boonesborough to Valley View Challenge

  • 3:30 P.M: Podium ceremonies kick off at Proud Mary BBQ

  • 6 PM: Lark Watts Band performance.

Events

6 Mile Open Race & Float

  • Saturday, May 12th

    • Boat Drop off/Check - In: 7 A.M

    • 6 Mile Shuttle begins running from Proud Mary BBQ: 10:15 A.M

      • (9079 Old Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 40515)

    • Racers Meeting (Mandatory): 11:15 A.M

    • Race begins: 11:30 A.M

    • Family friendly float start: 11:45 A.M

Starting Location Address: ( FORT BOONESBOROUGH STATE PARK) 4375 Boonesboro Rd, Richmond, KY 40475

The 6 mile Open Race is a 6 mile downriver ( flat-water) event that starts on the beaches of FBSP, goes along the beginnings of the Kentucky River Palisades canyon system, past the beautiful Lower Howards Creek Nature Preserve/Boone Creek, and ends at a boat ramp adjacent to Proud Mary BBQ - site of post race awards dinner/expo. This event is the perfect distance and course if you’re looking for an adventurous challenge. Depending on your experience, it will take between 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours to complete the course. This is a great opportunity to get into the racing scene, to push you body, and to see what you can do! If you're not into the racing scene that's okay! You can still float with everyone enjoying the scenery, camaraderie, and safety of paddling with others.

 Racers will receive:

  • Bluegrass River Run shirt.
  • Finisher's award.
  • Support boats stationed along the course all day in case they are needed.

  • Professional medical and communications coverage on the course.

  • Token for entry to season kick-off/post race party and meal at Proud Mary's BBQ

 Floater will receive:

  • Finisher's award.
  • Support boats stationed along the course all day in case they are needed.

  • Professional medical and communications coverage on the course.

  • One of Adventure Local Decals.

Register by FEBRUARY 1st : $40 (SAVE $30)

Cost: Register by FEBRUARY 2nd-FEBRUARY 28th: $55 (SAVE $20)

Register by March 1st – april 1st: $65 (SAVE $10)

Register by may 1st: $70 (SAVE $5)

Register by May 4th: $75

Float: $15

Youth Racer: $25

Course Map

 

19  Mile Boonesborough to Valley View Challenge

  • Saturday,May 12th

    • Boat Drop off/Check - In: 7:00 A.M

    • 19 MILE SHUTTLE DEPARTS FROM Lock & Dam #9:  9:30 A.M

      • Address: 249, Camp Daniel Boone Rd, Lexington, KY 40515

    • Racers Meeting (Mandatory): 8:15 A.M

    • Race begins: 9:30 A.m

    • Cut-off Time: 2:45 P.M

Starting Location Address: ( FORT BOONESBOROUGH STATE PARK) 4375 Boonesboro Rd, Richmond, KY 40475

This is a 19 mile downriver race on the Kentucky River starting on the beaches of FBSP and all the way to the historic Valley View Ferry area. The Boonesborough to Valley View Challenge is for intermediate to elite paddlers with the skill and fitness to complete this endurance challenge. Depending on your craft, experience, and river conditions: it will take between 2 1/12 to 5 hours to complete the course. Our cut-off time is 5 hours. This is a great opportunity to push your limits and experience in totality the beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades.

Paddler will receive:

  • Bluegrass River Run shirt.
  • Finisher's award.
  • Support boats stationed along the course all day in case they are needed.

  • Professional medical and communications coverage on the course.

  • Token for entry to season kick-off/post race party and meal at Proud Mary BBQ

Register by FEBRUARY 1st: $45 (SAVE $30)

Cost: Register by FEBRUARY 2nd - February 28th: $50 (SAVE $25)

Register by March 1st – April 1st: $65 (SAVE $10)

Register by may 1st: $70(SAVE $5)

Register by May 4th: $75

Course Map

Accommodations 

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Quality Inn - Richmond

Located in Richmond just off I-75. Quality Inn will be the host hotel for the Bluegrass River Run.
Book a room here.

Phone: (859) 623-0063

Address:  2006 Colby Taylor Dr, Richmond, KY 40475

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Distances from Race LOcation:

  • 13.8 miles

Parking: Parking lot

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Fort Boonesborough State Park Campground

Fort Boonesborough State Park Campground is a literal hop, skip, and a jump from the race launch area on the beach of the park. 

  • Reserve a RV spot here.
  • Over 60 campsites are available on a first come first serve basis.

Amenities include

  • Bathroom & Shower house
  • Concrete tent pads
  • RV Hookups
  • Campground Store

Address: 4375 Boonesboro Rd, Richmond, KY 40475

Distances from Race LOcation:

  • .2 miles

  • Parking: Parking lot

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Towneplace Suites  - Richmond

Located in Richmond just off I-75.

Phone: (859) 353-4860

Address:  2018 Colby Taylor Dr, Richmond, KY 40475

Distances from Race LOcation:

  • 13.8 miles

Parking: Parking lot

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Three Trees Canoe & Kayak

Three Tree Canoe & Kayak operates a livery and campground right across the river from Fort Boonesborough State Park.

Reserve a spot here.

Amenities include

  • Bathroom & Shower house
  • Concrete tent pads
  • RV Hookups

Address:300 Athens-Boonesboro Road Winchester, KY 

Distances from Race LOcation:

  • 1.3 miles

  • Parking: Parking lot