Come join the Georgia Canoeing Association on Saturday, October 17, for the 52nd year of the oldest whitewater race in the Southeast. Racers of all ages and whitewater boat types will race on the Nantahala River from the put-in at Wayah Road to the Founders Bridge at the NOC.

When registering please make sure you select your race division.  The registration fee is $10 and that helps the club cover the permit for the race and the remaining funds will go toward the GCA River Access Fund.

Except for Tandem Classes all Classes will be for men & women – please make sure you select your class.

Race Schedule:

Task Time Location
Racer Check-in 9:00am to 10:00am Wayah Road Put In
Volunteer Meeting 10:00 am Wayah Road Put In
Competitor Meeting 10:30 am Wayah Road Put In
Race Start (1 Minute Intervals) 11:00 am Wayah Road Put In
Awards 1:00pm to 3:00pm Endless River Adventure

Due to Covid this year will be unique:

Awards will be held at Endless River adventures and the only ask is that when outside you maintain social distancing and if you go into the store that you wear mask.

GCA’s Covid statement:

During these uncertain times, the GCA is working to balance the organization’s mission to provide training and group paddling opportunities with the risk posed by Covid-19. The coronavirus threat and the ultimate impact on society and the sporting community is still unknown at this time. The situation is fluid with new information being released almost hourly regarding the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and the recommended guidance for group activities from Federal, state, and local authorities.

GCA is scheduling its normal events, but may cancel or postpone upcoming events as needed in accordance with the latest official guidelines and local or state restrictions. Even if conditions permit GCA to proceed with an event as scheduled, there is no possible way to eliminate all risk associated with Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. Covid-19 is a special concern due to the potential for disease transmission by people infected by the virus who are not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease. No amount of screening can completely eliminate this risk.

Each member or participant must take personal responsibility to assess his/her risk based on medical history, age, or other relevant factors. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Individuals who fall into these categories are encouraged to avoid any GCA activities that will involve larger groups or to avoid GCA activities entirely until there is a vaccine or other effective protection against virus transmission.

GCA expects that all persons who attend any event will follow all applicable laws regarding social distancing, masks, and travel. Prior to attending any event, each person should review state and local guidance related to Covid-19 for the area in which the event is being held. Any person who has recently exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 or come in contact with anyone who tested positive for Covid-19 should not participate in any GCA event. Individuals who participate in any event will be expected to follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines, including regular hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, use of masks when on land (i.e. before and after paddling), allowing distance with other paddlers during put in and take out and while maneuvering on the river, and coordinating shuttles so as to minimize the number of individuals in a single vehicle. Participants should not share equipment. Finally, GCA asks that you avoid any river or activity that is above your existing skill level, so as to minimize the need for hands-on river rescues.

For questions contact Todd McGinnis