Verde River Runoff Race
Join us for a really fun 5 and 10 mile race down the Verde River.
What to expect
This 5 and 10-mile kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard race is a popular event that draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike. Participants select from multiple entry categories to challenge every type of paddler with trained safety personnel stationed at hazard locations. The race and fun float is a competitive event as well as a family-friendly celebration of nature and boating during prime season for river running in the Verde Valley. The course will wind its way through mostly Forest Service lands set against the picturesque backdrop of the red rocks. The 10-mile race starts at White Bridge and the 5-mile at the River Access at Clear Creek. Both races end at Beasley Flats. The river has a nice current with Class I-II rapids making this an adventure for all.
Paddlers should plan to bring their own paddleboard, kayak or canoe, paddle, safety gear (inherently buoyant pfd, durable water shoes and a helmet) and clothing appropriate for exposure. The weather tends to be cold in the morning and the water is runoff from snow melt. The duration of the long course takes about 2 hours so paddlers need to pack enough water and nutrition to be prepared.
Join us for the after-party and awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Camp Verde Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival. Besides being a lot of fun, proceeds go to conservation efforts for the threatened Verde River and outdoor recreation in the Verde Valley.
This is the 8th Annual Verde River Runoff presented by the Friends of the Verde River. The runoff will be held on Saturday, March 21st, 2020 in Camp Verde. Registration information will be available soon. Additional information can be found at www.vrvno.org.