Monday, October 24, 2016

LA River Boat Race Returns with Costumes, New Course, Good Times

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Photo by Matt Gush

Photo by Matt Gush

Grab those water socks and head on down to the Glendale Narrows Recreation Zone for the 2nd Annual LA River Boat Race on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Honorary boaters will hit the water starting at 11:30 a.m., with Los Angeles City Council River Committee chair Mitch O’Farrell welcoming the official racers at noon.

Last year saw at least a hundred racers in kayaks, canoes, rafts and paddleboards launch at Frogtown’s Clearwater Street in a low-key competition for prizes and pride. An even bigger turnout is expected this year, with two courses challenging participants of all levels, including youth age 12 and up. An electronic timing system, similar to those used at running events, will track each racer’s performance.

There will be celebrities too, including Northeast Los Angeles icon Chicken Boy and members of the Model-T Road trip crew, and their vintage car. An internationally-famous canine athlete could also make an appearance.

Clearly, wackiness and costumes are also encouraged, and will be honored with prizes too. Sign up here to be on deck when it all goes down. Slots are limited and must be reserved in advance. Boats are available for those who do not have their own. Spectators are also encouraged, especially if in costume.

All visitors should limit their parking to Fletcher and Riverside drives, and enter through Rattlesnake Park at the river to avoid disturbing the neighborhood. The race starting line is at approximately 2900 Clearwater Street. Don’t miss this unique new urban challenge, on the soon-to-be revitalized LA River.

The Second Annual LA River Boat Race is presented by LA River Expeditions/The Electric Lodge under a special event permit from the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority. Event co-sponsors include the LA River Revitalization Corporation, the American Canoe Association-California Executive Council, Caribe, The Eastsider, Subaru of Glendale, Cafecito Organico, Michael Todd Studios, Zebulon Concert Cafe, Kruegermann Pickles, Salazar, River Wild and Council District 13.

For more info: [email protected]


Photo by Gary Leonard

The Mud People showed up at last year's race. | Matt Gush

The Mud People showed up at last year’s race. | Matt Gush

Echo Park filmmaker Flannery Lunsford and his friend Jenn Hall show off their racing bib at 2014 LA River Boat Race | Anthea Raymond

Photo by Matt Gush

Photo by Matt Gush

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