Racing in the South has it's own unique flavor, and the Big River Race in Baton Rouge, Louisiana exemplifies these southern characteristics better than any.
The thirteen-mile blitz down the Mississippi is followed by one of the best post-race parties in the business with live music, barbeque and vendors, all on the grounds of the largest Casino in the area.
This is one of those races where every detail is taken care of---right down to the boat assistance at take-out and cool wet lavender hand towels furnished at the finish.
The race directors go all out for this one, and it's most definitely worth the travel.
The Big River Race will most likely be the next race to join the ranks of The Chattajack and the Shark Bite Challenge to meteorically rise to the top of paddlers go-to races each year, and with 200 participants last year in only it's third incarnation, the numbers don't lie.