Captain Quarters to Downtown  7 Mile Race


Saturday, September 14th

  • 9 A.M: 7 Mile Check - In Starts at Community Boathouse (1325 River Road, Louisville, KY)

    • Boat Drop Off opens at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille Launch Area (5700 Captains Quarters Rd, Prospect, KY 40059)

  • 9:30 A.M: 7 mile shuttle begins running from Community Boathouse

  • 10:30 A.M: 7 Mile Captains Quarters to Downtown Open Race Meeting at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille Launch Area

  • 10:45 A.M: 7 Mile Race & Float Start at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille Launch Area

  • 1 P.M - 3.PM: Suggested activities: Jug Band Jubilee, Big Four Bridge, exploration of downtown Jeffersonville, IN, & Louisville’s Nulu District.

  • 3 P.M: Cut-off time for 22 mile Race

  • 3:30 P.M: Awards Ceremony at TBA

This is a longer 7 mile flat-water event that starts river left at Captain's Quarters on Harrods Creek. Paddlers will streak downstream towards the heart of the city Louisville.  As the Ohio River is a major navigational waterway there is commercial and pleasure boat traffic. We are shooting for a downwind or flatwater experience; , if the weather cooperates. We will change the direction of the race to optimize the conditions for a fast, fun, challenging race. Paddlers will  past the historic Louisville Water Tower, Beargrass Creek, an urban stream in the process of restoration, and ultimately end up at the Community Boathouse dock not far from the beautiful skyline of the Louisville. 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 racing, that's okay as well! You can float as well while enjoying the camaraderie/safety of being with awesome paddlers from all around the country. 

Course Map



  • Register by July 18th - August 18th:  $45 (SAVE $20)

  • Register by August 19th - September 1st: $50 (SAVE $10)

  • Register by September 2nd –September 5th: $60 (SAVE $5)

  • Register by September 6th:  $65

What you get in return for your registration fee

  • A truly unique odyssey on the Ohio River as its transitions from the lush green rural landscape of the Ohio River valley to the skyline of downtown Louisville.

  • Shuttle buses for transportation from the finish line to the start on race morning.

  • Great Ohio River Odyssey Recover Sport shirt

    • Tank top option (for the ladies)

  • Support boats stationed along the course all day in case they are needed.

  • Professional medical and communications coverage on the course.

  • Tickets for food trucks at National Jug Band Jubilee at Louisville Waterfront Park.