The Explore Kentucky Initiative is proud to announce the creation of Bluegrass River Run presented by Beinthewater as a the kick-off race of the 2017 Kentucky Waterman Series season. BRR is a great early season race to recover from the winter. Paddlers will blast off from Kentucky State Park's Fort Boonesborough State Park on a portion of the beautiful palisades section of the Kentucky River that flows through the heart of the Bluegrass region. Starting from the beach below historic Fort Boonesborough founded by the great frontiersman Daniel Boone, the race will follow the river through impressive rock outcroppings of the Kentucky Palisades. Paddlers will be immersed in the ambiance of early spring with beautiful views of river banks in full bloom. Along the way at each turn in the river you’ll see many varieties of dogwoods, as well as maples, weeping cherry trees, redbuds and other flowering species. The 6 mile race will end at Proud Mary’s BBQ in Fayette County and the 19 mile at the historic Valley View Ferry which has been in operation since 1780. We will field a youth division for ages 10 - 16.

Post race we will gather on the sandy beach at Proud Mary's for some great local barbecue, fellowship with games and music, and of course presentation of race awards.

Family Friendly Float price is $5. Floaters are able to purchase additional items including:

  • Dinner
  • Commemorative coin
  • Dri-fit shirt

Racers will receive:

  • Meal at Proud Mary’s BBQ (Vegetarian Option available)
  • Commemorative coin
  • Raffle ticket for various prizes.
  • Dri-fit shirt

Youth Racers will receive:

  • Commemorative Coin
  • Raffle ticket for various prizes.
  • Registration Deadline: April 15th, 2017

Registration Cost:

  • Adult Solo Racer: $50 Before March 31st, April 1- 15: $60, April 16 - 22: $65
  • Tandem Race team: $90 before March 31st, April 1 -15: $95, April 16 - 22: $100
  • Family Friendly Float: $5 Before March 31st, April 1- 15: $10, April 16 - 22: $12
  • Youth Racer: $15

Race classes will consist of the following:

Race Classes will consist of Kentucky Waterman Series Classes in addition to tandem classes for Youth, Men, Women, and Mixed Teams:

  • SUP 14
  • SUP 12'6
  • High Performance Kayak
  • Kayak ( Below 17 Ft)
  • Solo Canoe
  • Tandem Canoe
  • Tandem Kayak
  • Youth: All craft

Awards will be for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in class!

Quality Inn in Richmond, KY has graciously offered to be the host hotel for the Bluegrass River Run. We have reserved a block of rooms at the reduced rate of $85 for Double Beds and $90 for King Beds. Another cool thing to note is that they have offered to secure racer's craft in their conference center for the duration of their stay! Call the hotel at 859-623-0063 to reserve and mention Bluegrass River Run to take advantage of this awesome discount.