Events > 2021 > October > Southeastern Downriver Championship - Sunday, October 17, 2021

About this event:

Created by Carol Reiser

Nantahala River, Bryson City, NC
Southeastern Downriver Championship!


Calling all racers of all skills and boat types and a few good volunteers!

Come join the Georgia Canoeing Association on Sunday, October 17, 2021, for the 53rd 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 Forest Service put-in at Wayah Road to the Founders Bridge at the NOC.

The registration fee is $10 and that helps the club cover the permit and insurance costs for the race.  Any remaining funds will go toward the GCA River Access Fund.  Commemorative tee shirts will be available for a suggested contribution of $10 but gratis to those showing proof of current membership in the American Canoe Association (ACA).

Race Schedule:

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

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic:  Awards will be held in the parking lot at Endless River Adventures, 14157 W Hwy 19, Bryson City, NC 28713, and they ask that you maintain social distancing and wear a mask.



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.