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Date: Aug 03, 2019
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The Neches River Runners is a non profit organization dedicated to conservation and education which has as its primary activity the organization and staging of the Neches River Wilderness Canoe Race, the annual fund raiser and community event for the special needs scholarship fund at the Trinity Valley Community College.
Thanks to the large group of community volunteers and generous race sponsors that make it possible, in its' 19th year the Neches Race has become one of Texas' most successful paddling events and has earned a national reputation as one of the best organized and most challenging races around. Along with the good cause of the scholarship fund the excitement of the challenging Neches River race course keeps paddlers coming back every year for more of "Neches", drawing from both the highly skilled marathon and adventure racing crowd and the recreational paddler. "There is absolutely nothing like Neches from the venue and unpredictability of it to the people that put it on." says Erin McGee, a U.S World Cup Kayaker and regular race entrant. Ed Furman says "Neches' is one of the toughest flatwater races in the state. Skilled canoeists have considered this the toughtest 'little' race in Texas" (a reference to the Texas Water Safari, billed as the 'world's toughest canoe race') "...but the bottom line is that this is a fun oriented event and even for those who choose a leisurely paced race, it is a good opportunity to experience nature on the beautiful Neches River Trail." - Ed Furman

What to Expect on Race Day!

6:30 a.m. check in begins

After inspection of participants and crafts, the participants will have numbers placed on their boat for identification.

Classes will launch at timed intervals

8:00 a.m. Leisure Class canoes will begin launching

9:00 a.m. Pro Class canoes will begin launching.

If during the race a canoe has not passed the last checkpoint by 3:00 p.m. the participants will be removed from the race. We must have all contestants out of the water before dark to ensure everyone's safety.

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