11th Annual Ocoee River Race

October 12, 2019
8:00 am: Volunteers Arrive
9:00 am: Check-In Opens
10:30 am: Mandatory Safety Meeting
11:0 0 am: Racing Begins
6:00 pm: After Party at The Bus Bar, Adventures Unlimited

Race from the Put-In to Powerhouse! We are excited to have fun racing to raise money for Team River Runner and Friends of the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Parks! Entries are required to be a club member ($20.00 year) and if not an ACA member, there will be a $5.00 fee for ACA insurance. The party will continue on at The Bus Bar at Adventures Unlimited after the race.

Classes and details are listed below; at least three entries in each class are required in order to win prizes, but anyone can race for time. Racers may participate in up to two classes.

Kayak Classes

  • Men's Shortboat

    Kayaks 9’4” or less in length

  • Women's Shortboat

    Kayaks 9’4” or less in length

  • Men's Longboat

    Any kayak >9’4″ or over in length

  • Women's Longboat

    Any kayak >9’4″ or over in length

  • Elite Men's Shortboat

  • Elite Men's Longboat

  • Elite Women's Longboat

OC1 Classes

  • Shortboat

    OC1 9’2” or less in length

  • Longboat

    Any open boat 9’3” or over in length


  • SUP

    Stand Up Paddleboards

  • Hand Paddle

    Short Boats Only

  • Tandem

    Open Boat or Kayak

  • Raft

    Up to six team members

  • C1


  • Tandem Parent-Child

    Parent & Child (Under 16 years old) team

  • Bellyak

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Race Details for All Paddlers

RACE COURSE:  The  race course is from the put in eddy of the middle Ocoee to below Powerhouse Rapid.  Rafts will be released individually at a minimum of five minute intervals; kayaks will be released at one-minute intervals.  Any boat leaving the eddy prematurely will be disqualified.  Finish time will be determined when the racer tags the time keeper raft with their boat.  The time keeper raft will be on the bank in the river right eddy below Powerhouse Rapid and will be marked with a bright yellow finish sign.  Verify your race number with a time keeper before continuing to the private boater takeout.  The winner will be determined by the lowest time score.

PLEASE RETURN YOUR RACE BIB TO THE RAFT AFTER THE FINISH LINE.  Anyone not returning their racing bib will be disqualified from awards and will be banned from all future TVCC Ocoee Races.

SAFETY:  All paddlers competing in the race must wear an approved PFD and helmet.  On-water safety will be set up along the river at key locations.  See map at race day registration for safety boater locations.

AWARDS CEREMONY AND AFTER PARTY:  Awards for first, second, and third place will be given out for each division.  Festivities begin immediately following the conclusion of the raft race.  The after party will be held at The Bus Bar at Adventures Unlimited in Ocoee, TN

The race and race after party are a benefit for Team River Runner Chattanooga and Friends of the Hiwassee/Ocoee State Parks.  There will a requirement to be a club member ($20) and to have ACA insurance ($5. if not an ACA member) to register for the race and a $5 cover charge for entry to The Bus Bar for non-racers. You will be able to purchase a beer cup for $15 and drink free from all donated beer at the party.

9:00-10:30 Registration and number pick up at the upper parking lot at the middle put in.
10:30 Safety meeting, updated race information will be provided.  Mandatory for all paddlers.
11:00 Racing begins

** After party benefiting Team River Runner Chattanooga will begin at the Bus Bar at 6:00pm following the race.

QUESTIONS:  Direct all questions to TVCC Race Director at info@tvccpaddler.com

Raft Details & Registration

TVCC membership is not required for this division; however we do suggest a minimum tax deductible donation to Team River Runner of $20 per raft, which can be made at race day when signing in.

RAFT TEAMS:  Raft teams may consist of any number of paddlers.  The guide for each raft should wear the race bib number.  The bow of each raft will be marked with an X at check in with colored duct tape to help time keepers and race marshals distinguish racing rafts.

Rafts will race following the last entry in the Ocoee Race.


Volunteer Details & Registration

8:00 – 8:30 Volunteers report to parking area above middle Ocoee put in (you will be directed to exact time prior to race)

Ladies and Gentlemen, I need volunteers to help with safety. Everything from throw ropes to live bait will be needed. We need as much help as we can get so that we can work in shifts at each station. In the past there have been questions regarding who can help with safety at this event. Below are actual transcripts from conversations with our Jedi Master, Paul Moyle.

“But Swiftwater Jedi Master, I am not an Ocoee boater”.
No matter, we can still use you. There are many tasks for those that are not Ocoee boaters.

“But Swiftwater Jedi Master, I wanted to race in the race”.
Not a problem, we will work in shifts at each station. This will allow folks who participate in the safety crew to also race if they so choose.

“But Swiftwater Jedi Master, I have no SWR training or desire to help a fellow boater in need”.
Not a problem. Help is needed at the starting line, registration, finish line, set up, break down, someone to pump the keg. There are many tasks that require your special touch.

“But Swiftwater Jedi Master, I need something more. I need that intangible thing that I cannot define”
Did I mention that there is a great after party/awards ceremony? After which, the participants fall into tents in a stupor of satisfaction for a job well done.

If you’re interested in On River Safety, please contact TVCC Safety Officer after filling out your registration form at safety@tvccpaddler.com.