Kentucky Waterman Series Event Profile: Mighty Cumberland River Run & River Festivus

Date: August 18th

Location: Burkesville, KY

Registration site: Riverfestivus.com

What are the race courses like and the waterways they take place on?

The Mighty Cumberland River is a calm clean river in south central Kentucky with constant river flow and cool water temperatures it is a must for you river race itinerary. Very few low lying areas assure no drags and sandbars will be mapped by the Cumberland County Search and Rescue Team.

  • 7 miles Short Race.
  • 12 miles Long Race.

What is your event all about?

Mutt E Waters River Rentals, The Burkesville - Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce, and Cumberland County Trail Town Committee invite SUP, kayak, and canoe paddlers to participate in the Third Annual Mighty Cumberland River Run. The race this year is also part of the Burkesville KY's River Festivus, a weekend event with riverside camping, live music from bands like the " Naked Karate Girls " and other fun activities. The race will benefit the Cumberland County Rescue Squad - an integral part of keeping our rivers and waterways safe and enjoyable. The Mighty Cumberland River Run is second to none as a venue for a river race. Limestone cliffs extend out, as bald eagles and crystal clear waters are sure to amaze. The river is often shrouded in a beautiful early morning fog and was used extensively as steamboat's transported goods and services in the rivers early days. As the Mighty Cumberland meanders south, you'll be cooled by the always constant year-round river temps in the mid 50's. Its guaranteed to keep you from getting too hot as you paddle furiously to the finish and almost certain victory. Burkesville is a quiet little river town nestled in the hills of Cumberland County, with plenty of area history, down home country charm and some of the most beautiful scenery. It is Kentucky's best kept secret. So leave your troubles behind and get your race on, at the Cumberland River Festivus and The Mighty Cumberland River Run.`

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What will paddlers love about your event? Why should they come?

You will love this event because we have pulled out all the stops for this one. Burkesville is a river town nestled in between the quiet solitude of the verdantly flowing hills(*John Muir)and the Mighty Cumberland River. With a festival celebrating the very existence of the river and its culture, we welcome all visitors with food, music and entertainment, not to mention the most beautiful scenery you'll ever see!

What are the paddling conditions like?

The Mighty Cumberland River is a calm clean river in south central Kentucky float speed is around 3mph. Constant river flow and cool water temperatures make it is a must for you river race itinerary. Very few low lying areas assure no drags and sandbars will be mapped by the Cumberland County Search and Rescue Team.

 

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Where can people get last minute gear of if they forget an item? Leashes, paddles, hydration packs, etc?

Mutt E. Waters River Rentals a local outfitter has an opportunity to get some of that gear you may have left behind just check for availability

Are rental craft available and if so from who?

 Mutt E. Waters River Rentals

Phone: (270)406-9045

Where can people stay? Do you have a list of accommodations that people can choose from? Hotel, Campground, etc

What great local watering hole (eateries) do you recommend?

After race day, why should paddlers stick around?

 Why should you stick around?? Why, the after Party of course!! The Naked Karate Girls will be playing a current mix of your fave tracks sure to impress by the band who opened the stadium for the Cincinnati Reds and The Bengals! 

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Whats one word that would describe your event?

Festivus!!!!!