Featured Race: Riverthon 2016

The Annual Riverthon Race is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 17.  The deadline for registration is THIS FRIDAY, September 7.

Gerry James is the Director of PR and Communications for Riverthon==

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2016 event. On behalf of our board and sponsors I am inviting you all to test your skill and endurance as you race on the Ohio River into the heart of downtown Louisville on  race day, Saturday, September 17th. Register at Riverthon.org. Our registration deadline is September 7th.
Our longest running event is the Mayor's Cup, a 22-mile Race where both the first male and female solo paddlers to cross the finish line get the honor of having their name permanently engraved on the Louisville Mayor’s Cup trophy.  For those seeking more of a challenge, they can take on the Louisville 50 Race, a 50-mile race that spans the entire Ohio River shoreline of Jefferson Countyu from Westport to West Point, KY,requiring a portage around the Falls of the Ohio.  This year we have a major change in that the Ohio River 7-mile race from Captain's’ Quarters to Louisville's Waterfront Park is now open to all paddlecraft.
The 2016 Riverthon: The Ohio River Challenge will conclude with an awards dinner and ceremony at the Doc's Cantina, an amazing fine dining venue located in Louisville Waterfront Park.  In addition to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies for each of our boat classes, in each of the three races, the grand prizes will be raffled off to all participants. Check out Riverthon.org for race classes, award rules and a complete list of prizes.  
The Riverthon races would not be possible without our sponsors which include:
  • Admiral Level sponsors: Stellar Kayaks USA and Stellar Kayaks River City (SKRC), our local Stellar dealer. Pat Dour, owner of SKRC, explained his decision to support Riverthon 2016 and launch a performance oriented paddlesports company in Louisville, " I had an amazing time participating in the Riverthon 2015 Mayor's Cup race and wanted to find a better boat to improve my performance in 2016. I spoke with several of the top finishers and they recommended Stellar.  Stellar has high quality boats at fair prices and I am excited to provide the opportunity for one lucky paddler to win an amazing kayak from their line-up.” David Thomas, co-owner of Stellar USA, describes the company's commitment to the paddlesports community, "Since 2009 Stellar USA has been delivering innovative kayaks, surf skis, paddles and accessories across North America, with an emphasis on providing excellent, prompt and friendly service."  Stellar Kayaks USA and SKRC are jointly donating a Stellar S18 Kayak, a Stellar Wing Paddle, a Stellar Race Jersey, and Stellar Performance Race Shorts. Stellar Kayaks River City is also donating a Mocke Racer PFD, a Stellar Paddle bag, and other assorted gear.   
  • Admiral Level Sponsor:  City of Louisville, Louisville Metro Government, and the Office of Special Events has provided logistical, safety, and facility support to accommodate our event.
  • Captain Level Sponsor: Quest Outdoors is one of longest running supporter of Louisville's paddlesports community and is Kentucky's largest locally owned outdoor recreational gear store. For our 2016 race they have provided funding towards Riverthon branded paddling shirts for our racers.
  • Captain Level Sponsor: Bishop Boards has donated their 9.6 foot “Drifter” Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).   Bishop Boards located in St. Augustine. Florida is interested in growing paddlesports education all around the country and getting people from all walks of life out on the water.   Bishop Board’s founder, Todd Bishop is also an American Canoe Association SUP Instructor Trainer.  He recently came to Louisville to conduct a SUP instructor course that helps train individuals on how to teach SUP paddle technique and safety to the general public.
  • Captain Level Sponsor: Bachman Subaru is sponsoring the Riverthon awards and dinner.  Bachman is our local Subaru dealer and sells some of the most paddle friendly cars on the market. Subaru Dealers across the US sponsor many paddlesport events including Paddlefest in Cincinnati, a large event for paddle enthusiasts in our region. Nationally, Subaru is the title sponsor of the American Canoe Association.
  • Captain Level Sponsor: Blue Moon Canoe and Kayak of Kentucky is the shuttle service provider for our races and they have also donated 10 half day rentals of canoe/kayaks/SUPs on Floyds Fork. Blue Moon is our region's newest full service canoe and kayak rental business located in the Parklands of Floyds Fork.  
  • Captain Level Sponsor: Endless Summer Paddle Company is donating SUP yoga lessons and a variety of paddle gear. The company was created to address a need in the  greater Kentucky area: access to exploring and enjoying our region’s diverse waterways. Endless Summer Paddle Company helps assist our local community in enjoying the unique, low-impact sport of stand up paddle boarding (SUP). Mimi, a former Outward Bound instructor and current yoga instructor, jumped at the opportunity to be a sponsor of Riverthon.    
  • Captain Level Sponsor: Explore Kentucky Initiative (EKI) is an organization working  to inspire people to engage in an active lifestyle, fueled by adventure in Kentucky's great outdoors. EKI is helping coordinate Riverthon public relations, marketing, design, and visual campaigns.
  • Captain Level SponsorsEllen van Nagell Re Max, Abel Construction and Commodore Level Sponsor have provide Riverthon with financial support.
  • Captain Level Sponsors ; Skipping Fish Boat School and Louisville Slugger Musuem and Factory have provided racers with the opportunity to win custom Riverthon branded Louisville Slugger bats.
Riverthon is grateful for the support of sponsors, volunteers, and safety personnel.   

To register and for more information navigate to Riverthon.org. We are super stoked and look forward to you racing with us this year!