Paddling the mighty Mississippi River for over a third of a century!

SATURDAY, June 17th, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.

For information, contact race director, Joe Royer,


Outdoors, Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race Facts:

Voted “Best Race in America” by Paddler Magazine of Steamboat Springs, CO

Featured in Seattle-based Canoe & Kayak Magazine, Hull Speed of San Francisco, CA and Southern Living Magazine.

World class athletes who have competed in the past 5 years include:

Greg Barton of Charleston, SC - USA double Olympic Gold Medalist, double Bronze Medalist, 4 World Championships, and a US National surf ski champion, returning to Memphis as the 6-time winner

Michael Herbert of Rogers, AR – Pan Am Gold Medalist, 2001 & 2013 winner of the Outdoors, Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race

Kata Dismukes of Memphis is the women's holder of the race course record (2013)

Oscar Chalupsky of Durban, South Africa – 10 times World Ocean Kayak Champion in Hawaii

Herman Chalupsky of Durban, South Africa – 2004 Outdoors, Inc. Canoe and Kayak race champion and 2004 World Ocean Kayak Champion at Molokai, Hawaii

Rocky Caldwell, Dale Burris, Clifton & John Rickey of Missouri & Arkansas – national champion and world class canoe paddlers

Ekaitz Sayes of Spain – European Champion (23 and under)

Chris Hipgrave of Bryson City, NC, native of Purley, England – US Wildwater National Team member

Over 500 recreational to expert canoe and kayak paddlers from all over the world!

Registration at 4 Outdoors, Inc. locations by 6 p.m. Friday, June 17

Check-in Sat., 6/18 at 7 a.m. at race start site, north end of Greenbelt Park

All barge traffic on the Mississippi River stops by order of the US Coast Guard

Memphis Police and Harbor Patrol will be on duty

Tennessee State Wildlife Resources Agency will be on duty

Park use permitted by Riverfront Development Corporation

Interview with race winner Greg Barton