Get Ready for the Battle of the Paddle!

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A man in kayak enters the San Antonio River through a waterway entry point.

Wanna Race?

The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority), together with the San Antonio River Foundation, is excited for the launch of the 2022 San Antonio River Basin Paddling Race Series. Experienced paddling racers from all over are invited to participate in 4 competitive paddling races throughout the year. These races will be held along multiple sections of the beautiful San Antonio River Basin, from the world-famous San Antonio River Walk to the historic community of Goliad. Each race covers a different distance and will provide new challenges sure to excite competitive paddle racers, like those who compete in the Texas Water Safari.

Awards ceremonies with prizes for the top three finishers in each category will be held following every race! Each of the 4 races in the 2022 San Antonio River Basin Race Series will consist of seven race categories: Women’s Unlimited, Women’s USCA C-1, Men’s Unlimited, Men’s USCA C-1, Mixed Tandem, Tandem Unlimited, and USCA C-2. Click here for specific information on race categories.

Get Ready for the Battle of the Paddle! 

The King William Paddling Trail near downtown San Antonio.

The first race of the series is just around the corner! Everyone remembers the Battle of the Alamo – now get ready for the Battle of the Paddle! This paddling race is an all-out sprint from start to finish. It includes three laps within the San Antonio River Walk’s historic river loop area. Spectators can cheer on the racers as they speed by the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the downtown River Walk. If you are a competitive paddler, this unique race is one not to be missed!

Paddling Race #1 – “The Battle of the Paddle”

Where: River Walk in Downtown San Antonio

*DATE CHANGE* When: Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Route Length: Approximately 5 miles

The start/finish line is next to the Tobin Center, where nearby parking will provide easy access for the competitors. An awards ceremony with prizes for the top three finishers in each category will be held immediately following the race at the outdoor plaza next to the Tobin Center. Participants and spectators are encouraged to stay downtown following the race to enjoy the River Walk. The Mardi Gras riverboat parade will take place later that same afternoon!

Need a kayak? We have you covered for the Battle of the Paddle Race. Reservations for 40 kayaks will be available for 20 men and 20 women to use in the Solo Unlimited Category, granting access to compete for prizes and the Battle of the Paddle championship. Sign up quickly because these kayaks will go fast. **When registering, purchase a ticket for Race #1 – Men’s or Women’s Kayak Rental for $25.00, and complete the order form. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Register now because spots are filling up!

Other Events in our Race Series

A man races down the Mission Park waterway entry point in a kayak.

Following the first race in February, the race series will continue with 3 additional races along the beautiful San Antonio River Basin.

Paddling Race #2 – “The SASPAMCO Showdown”

Where?: The SASPAMCO Paddling Trail from River Authority’s River Crossing Park to the River Authority’s John William Helton-San Antonio River Nature Park (Helton Park).

When: Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Route Length: Approximately 12 miles

Additional Details: Awards ceremony with prizes for the top three finishers in each category will be held following the race at 5:00 pm at Helton Park, where a community event will be held from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm including live music, food trucks, car show, Wilson County Trade Days, and other activities.


Paddling Race #3 – “The Mission Reach Rally”

Where: The Mission Reach Paddling Trail. The race will start near Roosevelt Park and finish at the low water crossing bridge at Camino Coahuilteca.

When: Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Route Length: Approximately 8 miles


Paddling Race #4 – “Remember Goliad Paddling Race”

Where:  The Goliad Paddling Trail from the Riverdale access point to the Ferry St. access point at Branch River Park, where a community event will be held from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, including live music, food trucks, and other activities.

When: Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Route Length: Approximately 16 miles

***In accordance with CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, mask-wearing and social distancing are strongly encouraged while on our facilities, parks, and trails.**

When in doubt, kayak it out!

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