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Potomac Downriver Race

The CCA Downriver Race has been held every year since 1956,

making it the Nation’s oldest consecutively run canoe race.


  • If you aren’t a CCA member, this is a great time join and support your local kayak and canoe club. Join CCA Membership is only $20 per year for the whole family.
  • Register online, on this webpage, by Friday, May 13th at 5 PM and also fill out the ACA Adult Waiver, ACA Minor Waiver. ACA waiver and bring it with you to the race check-in table.  You must register online and pay with your credit card before race day. Tandem teams must register and pay separately, and list their partner.
  • Sycamore Island Unaccompanied Teen Waiver. If a teen will be working on the island, this form must be signed by a parent or guardian and brought to the island.  Sycamore Island Unaccompanied Teen Waiver.pdf


  • Check the water level at Potomac.Surf or USGS Little Falls
  • All racers must wear PFDs (life jackets) and helmets. All boats must have flotation; no exceptions. Bring water. Refills available after the race, no single use bottles.
  • Check in from 8:30-9:30 AM at Anglers lower parking lot to receive race bib and instructions
  • Mandatory pre-race meeting at 9:30 AM
  • Mass start at 11 AM sharp
  • Finish at Sycamore Island by 1 PM
  • Picnic from 1-2 PM, Awards at 2 PM
  • All activities should be completed by 3 PM

By participating, you are agreeing to be responsible for your own safety, which includes being familiar with the race course, and well within your abilities to paddle it at the race-day levels and conditions. This is Class II/III race. It is not an event for beginners.

VOLUNTEER: If you want to participate, but not race, then please consider volunteering:  Volunteer Here 

For assistance, contact Risa Shimoda , Email:  Cell:  301-502-6548

By participating in this race in any capacity, including as a racer or volunteer, you are agreeing to fully comply with all orders and guidance issued by the Maryland Governor’s office relevant to the covid-19 pandemic at the time of the race.


Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM
Angler's / C&O Canal
10790 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, MD  20854

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Risa Shimoda
Race Chair
301-502-6548 (c)
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
All on-water participants must wear a PFD (lifejacket), a helmet, and appropriate footwear. Bring water. This is a 7.5 mile race with class II/III whitewater. It is not suitable for beginners.