Two exciting events are coming our way: the 2nd Annual Rivanna River Sojourn, Sunday,April 19, 2009, from the Rivanna Conservation Society, and the Rivanna River Regatta and Races on Saturday, May 9th.
The Rivanna River Sojourn, offered by the Rivanna Conservation Society, is a professionally guided paddle down the Rivanna, focusing on the beauty and history of the river. Families are welcome. Full Sojourn(16.5 Mile Paddle): $75 per adult ($65.00 under 12)Mini Sojourn (6.5 Mile Paddle): $65.00 per adult ($55 under 12). For more info, see www.rivannariver.org
And this is from a Regatta announcement: "The 4th annual Rivanna River Regatta and Races are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2009. This annual event includes several classes of races and a recreational paddle. The several classes of races include the highly competitive Open class, a Tandem class, a Parent/Child class and a shorter, less challenging Under Age 14 race with cash prizes in each category up to $100. There is no entrance fee and this event is open to the public. For those who enjoy paddling at a slower pace, they may come and participate in a recreational paddle with others who do not wish to participate in the races on this 8.5 mile stretch of the scenic Rivanna River that skirts Charlottesville from north to east.
"Those wishing to participate in the event should assemble under the Route 29 bridge on Rio Mills Road (just north of Sam’s Club on the upstream side of the bridge) between 9-9:30am on May 9 for sign-in. The first race starts promptly at 10am. Sign-in for the shorter, Under Age 14 race will start at 12pm at Darden Towe Park and that race will begin at 1pm sharp at the north end of Darden Towe Park. The awards ceremony will be at the Darden Towe boat ramp at 1:30pm. This is also the finish line for all races. " Contact info: 434-975-3072; email: RAMBISHOP@aol.com There is also a Facebook page under Rivanna River Regatta group.