The eighth Annual Great Iowa River Race will take place Saturday, June 10, 2017 on the Iowa River. 

More than 100 racers and spectators will participate the nine-mile paddle race, which starts at Sturgis Ferry Park in Iowa City and ends at the Hills Campground in Hills.

The boat ramps located at Sturgis Ferry Park and Hills Campground will have limited public access throughout the morning.The boat ramp at the park will be in use for the race from 6:30 to 11 a.m., and the boat ramp at the campground will be in use from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Boaters not affiliated with the race are encouraged to use other access points to avoid the congested race areas.

Spectators are welcome. To see the race in action, spectators can park at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, 579 McCollister Blvd. Iowa City, and walk over to the pedestrian walk on the nearby McCollister Bridge. Racers will be divided into three heats with canoes and SUPs starting at 10 a.m., kayaks starting at 10:15 a.m., and professional racers starting at 10:30 a.m.

Parking is limited at the start and finish areas; non-racers/families of racers are asked to park in other locations. 

The race is organized by the Johnson County Conservation Board and City of Iowa City. Proceeds from the race help to expand environmental education programs for the county.

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Date of publication

Tuesday, June 06, 2017