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Expedition Frankfort: Run | Bike | Paddle
Mar
30
7:00 AM07:00

Expedition Frankfort: Run | Bike | Paddle

The inaugural Expedition Frankfort: Run | Bike | Paddle is the Explore Kentucky Initiative’s way of showcasing Kentucky’s capital city of Frankfort (our base camp) as the ultimate adventure town! The event consists of a 3.7 mile run, 6 mile MTB ride, and 6 mile paddle on the Kentucky River. 

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3rd Annual Bluegrass River Run & Outdoor Recreation Festival
May
11
7:00 AM07:00

3rd Annual Bluegrass River Run & Outdoor Recreation Festival

This spring grab a kayak, paddle board, or canoe and join EKI & friends for the third annual Bluegrass River Run (BRR), one of the largest paddlesports event in Kentucky. We’ll launch from Fort Boonesborough State Park paddling along pool 9 of the Kentucky River, which is located just south of Lexington. The journey allows you to take in the incredible beauty of the 60+ ft cliffs of the palisades and enjoy floating refreshments stops, as well as musical artists playing from docks along the river at several points along the course.

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2nd Annual Blazing Paddles Paddlesport Race & Float
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

2nd Annual Blazing Paddles Paddlesport Race & Float

Blazing Paddles is a paddlesports race and float that's an on-the water celebration of how the Cuyahoga River has risen like a phoenix from its ecological low-point, 50 years to the day since the June 22, 1969 fire.

HOST: Mountain Surf Paddle Sports, Meghan Fisher, and Wendy Scott

Bottom out risk: no

Body of Water:

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KR255 2019
Sep
16
to Sep 21

KR255 2019

The KR255 is the endurance race of a lifetime. Competitors will start in Beattyville and finish, some of them anyway, in Carrollton. Numerous towns along the course offer opportunities to resupply and recharge during the race. The Kentucky River is incredibly scenic and also incredibly isolated in some stretches. The beauty and scenery rivals that of any river in North America!

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Paddle The Palisades
Jul
14
11:30 AM11:30

Paddle The Palisades

Paddle the Palisades is a new long distance paddlesports race associated with the Asbury University Center for Adventure Leadership's KR255. This event is designed to introduce people to the concept of the KR255 without the time commitment. Rather than paddle the entire Kentucky River with its 14 portages, racers will only go 30 miles with one portage. 

Paddle the Palisades is the fifth event of The Explore Kentucky Initiative's 2018 Kentucky Waterman Series, a series of paddlesports race event that happen all around the commonwealth.

Register: www.paddleguru.com/races/PaddlethePalisades

HOST: Asbury Adventure Leadership School & The Explore Kentucky Initiative 

BOTTOM OUT RISK: No

Hazard: Portage required

BODY OF WATER: Kentucky River

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Wildlands Art & Music: Group Show 2017
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

Wildlands Art & Music: Group Show 2017

In 2015 Kentucky Natural Land Trust, in collaboration with writer Erik Reece and visual artist and writer Zoe’ Strecker, began hosting artists’ retreat on Pine Mountain, a 125-mile forested ridgeline in far southeastern Kentucky. The retreats were aimed at engaging artists in the Pine Mountain Wildlands Corridor project and showing them the splendor of the mountain in hopes they would be inspired by their experience. The group has become known as the Pine Mountain Collective. This show will feature artists that attended the retreats in 2016. 

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The Big South Fork River Dash Presented By Beinthewater
Nov
11
8:00 AM08:00

The Big South Fork River Dash Presented By Beinthewater

Paddlers will have a chance to experience the beauty of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. One of our country’s great frontiers through a flatwater river dash down the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River while being surrounded by scenic gorges, sandstone bluffs, and lush forestland. This is a spectacular paddle sports event you do not want to miss!

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Red River Gorge MTB 100
Sep
30
7:00 AM07:00

Red River Gorge MTB 100

Where is an epic, leg crushing mountain bike adventure you ask? Look no further than the Red River Gorge MTB 100 put on by local Gorge trail builder, Chris Chaney. It is the first 100 mile mountain bike race in the Gorge. Throughout the 100 miles you will weave through the Red River Gorge, dance along ridges, follow massive sandstone rock faces, and tour Kentucky's countryside via back roads. Finisher medals and race shirts are awarded so you can showcase your true grit.

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The Great Ohio River Odyssey
Sep
16
7:00 AM07:00

The Great Ohio River Odyssey

The Great Ohio River Odyssey is the ninth stop of the Explore Kentucky Initiative Kentucky Waterman Series presented by Southern Paddlesports and takes place on the Ohio River in the Greater Louisville Area. Three courses are offered: the Westport to Downtown Louisville 22 Mile Race, 7 Mile Captains Quarters to Downtown Open Race, & the Harrods Creek Run 2.5 Mile Run.

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Bluegrass River Run 2017
May
6
6:00 AM06:00

Bluegrass River Run 2017

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 BBQ for some great local barbecue, fellowship with games and music, and of course presentation of race awards.

Registration Prices

  • Adult Solo Racer: $50 Before March 31st, April 1- 15: $60, April 16 - 20: $65

  • Tandem Race team: $90 before March 31st, April 1 -15: $95, April 16 - 20: $100

  • Family Friendly Float: $5 Before March 31st, April 1- 15: $10, April 16 - 20: $12

  • Youth Racer: $15

Transfer/Refund Policy:  Entry fees are non-transferable. We offer a partial reimbursement of registration costs up until five days before race day. Race credit is available.

Shuttle service for the event will be provided by Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. For racers, the shuttle is provided as part of your entry fee. For floaters, you will need to purchase a $5 shuttle ticket via Paddleguru.

Paddlers will drop their boat at Fort Boonesborough State Park and proceed to their respective take-outs (Proud Mary's or the Valley View Ferry), park their vehicles and then the shuttle will transport you back to the park.

Races Classes

Race Schedule

Friday, April 28th

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

Saturday, April 29th

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

  • 8:30  19 Mile shuttle departs Valley View Ferry

  • 9:15    6 Mile Shuttle departs from Proud Mary’s BBQ

  • 9:30: 19 Mile Racer Meeting

  • 10:00: 19 Mile Race Start

  • 10:30: 6 Mile  Racer’s Meeting

  • 11:00  6 Mile Race Start

  • 11:15 6  Family Friendly Float Start

  • 12:00 - 3 P.M Bluegrass River Run Expo, Games, & Music at Proud Mary's BBQ

  • 3:15: Dinner & Awards at Proud Mary's BBQ

 

Addresses:

Proud Mary's BBQ: 9079 Old Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 40515

Fort Boonesborough State Park: 4375 Boonesboro Rd, Richmond, KY 40475

Valley View Ferry: Valley View Ferry, Kentucky 169, Richmond, Kentucky

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