LA River Boat Race

Presented by L.A. River Expeditions, the 3rd Annual LA River Boat races offers people a new way to enjoy the river and its recreational and educational potential. That’s even if they are first-time paddlers who don't own a boat. 

Recreational and expert courses offer people of all ages and skill levels a low/no cost way to engage with our revitalizing river in a fun, safe, “everyone wins” environment.Registration for beginner boaters is “pay what you can." Safety equipment and kayaks are provided to those who need it. Fun is the operative word. And our new multi-sport relay -- with a special event just for families -- encourages teamwork!

Don't miss this unique urban paddling experience now in its third year. Experts, beginners, families, singles, all welcome. Slots are limited, so sign up now.


In 2016 we have three events to choose from.

Our Original "Fun Course" sprint welcomes beginning, recreational and expert paddlers. Participants paddle a short rapid and then some flatwater, performing one "fun" task along the way. We provide kayaks and safety gear if requested. Beginners are welcome to "pay what they can." Stand up paddleboarders encouraged. A $30 donation is suggested.

Our Expert Down River Race runs 3 full river miles. Experienced adult paddlers with their own craft and gear navigate rocky rapids, dead ends, shallow areas rock gardens, and a portage to the finish line! Whew!

And, new this year, the Multisport Relay combines paddling (again, SUPs welcome), cycling and running in a four-person team effort over four laps of a half-mile section of the river and adjacent bike path.

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