2023 Race the River Competitive Paddling Series Concludes with Pro & Amateur Categories and Cash Prizes

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Paddler races through river during paddling race series.

Last Updated on January 4, 2024

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) — The San Antonio River Authority, in collaboration with the San Antonio River Foundation, is excited to announce the final 2023 Race the River paddling series event. Kayak and canoe paddlers of all levels are invited to participate in the final event of the season along the Mission Reach on Saturday, November 4 at 9 a.m. The event will be at 655 Lone Star Blvd, with river access located off of Roosevelt Park Drive.

Two levels of race classes are available for paddlers as follows:

● Pro Class: Seasoned paddlers with a taste for adventure races are invited to compete in a challenging 7-mile race.

● Amateur Class: Beginner and intermediate paddlers eager for a fun challenge can embark on a 5-mile course.

Both pro and amateur paddlers will enjoy a journey through the heart of Texas’ largest ecological restoration project and one of the most picturesque stretches of the San Antonio River.

“This event is an opportunity for paddling enthusiasts to come together, test their skills, and celebrate the beauty of the San Antonio River as a community,” said Kristen Hansen. “All proceeds from the event benefit the San Antonio River Foundation and their mission to preserve, enhance, and transform the San Antonio River Basin into a vibrant cultural, educational, ecological, and recreational experience.”

Following the race, an awards ceremony honoring the Racer of the Day and the top three finishers in each class will be held at Acequia Park, 8500 Mission Pkwy 78223. Podium finishers will receive a trophy and cash prizes ranging from $40-$120. Food trucks and vendors will be onsite post-race for participants and spectators to enjoy.

For registration and event details, please visit

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