Cheers to Clean Water: Tennessee River Paddle-Off

Sun June 9, 2019 Knoxville, TN US 37920 Directions
Events

Race only

1:00PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT

Celebration only

1:00PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT

Friendly floating only

1:00PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT

Celebration + Friendly Floating

1:00PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT

Kids 12 & under race

1:00PM EDT - 4:00PM EDT
Place
Suttree Landing Park
1001 Waterfront Drive
Knoxville, TN US 37920
Description

Join us for the 3rd Annual Cheers to Clean Water Celebration on June 9th, 2019! This year, we are headed to the south waterfront for the Tennessee River Paddle-Off to celebrate the amazing resource we have in our backyards, the Tennessee River!

Participants are encouraged to bring a kayak, canoe, or paddle board and take part in a competitive race, or just float and enjoy the river. There are two route options: 4k (from Suttree Landing Park to the western tip of Dickinson Island), and 8k (from Suttree Landing Park and going up and around Dickinson Island). Friendly floaters can go as far as they would like (Route Map)

Place prizes will be awarded to female & male youth (12 and under) for 1st place on Paddle Board and in Kayak. Place prizes will be awarded to female & male open (12yo and above) for 1st place on Paddle Board and in Kayak. One 1st place prize will be awarded to the Canoe that comes in first. Racers will be required to touch a buoy or other landmark as they cross the finish line.

Following the float is a celebration in the name of clean water at Suttree Landing Park, with craft libations from Alliance Brewing Company, Hi-Wire Brewing & Printshop Beer Co., live bluegrass music from Check Engine, a chance to take home a giveaway, and educational activities for adults and kids alike.

With full registration, participants will receive entry to the event, one dry bag (13.75"), one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets. Race Only and Kids 12 & under race registrants receive entry to the event and one dry bag. Celebration only registrants receive entry to the event, one 16oz steel cup, and 2 drink tickets. Those who want to free float the river as part of this event receive free entry, with suggested donation of $5.

All proceeds from this event benefit the Water Quality Forum,  a coalition of diverse partners working together to keep our waters in East Tennessee clean. A portion of the proceeds go directly to WaterFest, the Water Quality Forum’s largest annual education event. The event serves 800 students in kindergarten through third grade, introducing them to water science concepts and engaging them in fun, hands-on activities that teach them about their local water resources and how to protect them.

Boats are available for rent, but supplies are limited! Make sure to choose desired boat upon registration. 

The City of Knoxville Solid Waste Department is facilitating a river cleanup by boat!  This will take place DURING the race. A limited number of boats will be provided.

THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. In the event of severe weather, boaters will be required to get off the water as quickly as possible. 

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Erosion Supply, Inc., Waste Connections, Fulghum MacIndoe, Visit Knoxville, Waste Management, Keep the TN River Beautiful, and East Tennessee Whitewater Club

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Questions?
Rental Option - Duckie

There are 6 duckies available for rent, courtesy of Wildwater LTD

Rentals are first come, first serve. Paddles and life vests included

Celebration Swag - 16oz Klean Kanteen

Mockup of steel pint cup by Klean Kanteen. All Full Registration and Celebration only registrants will receive this giveaway

Race Swag - Drybag

Mockup of the 13.75 inch dry-bag that participants who register for Full Registration, Race Only, and Kids 12 & Under will receive. 

Rental Option - Canoe

There are 6 canoes available for rent, courtesy of River John's Outfitters

Rentals are first come, first serve. Paddles and life vests included