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Hellbender 20 Miler Relay Race

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ready to Rumble? Prepared to Paddle? Then take part in Riverfest’s Hellbender 20-Miler Canoe Relay! Starting from Champion Park in Rosman and going all the way to Hap Simpson Park in Brevard, this race will test your skills on the river as you spend a beautiful day out on the water!

For further information, relay rules, and registration, please see the form below:

Important Information: (Download Registration Form)

  1. “20 Miler Relay Race”  limited to 20 Teams

  2. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required

  3. Check in Location & Time starts at 9:15am at Headwaters Outfitters. Teams must check in 45 min. prior to their start time.

  4. Heat Start Times for the “20 Miler Relay Race” at 10:00am and 11:00am (You will be assigned a Heat Time after registration).

  5. Lifejackets are required to be worn for the entire race (teams will be disqualified if lifejackets are not worn).

  6. All teams are required to use Headwaters canoes provided.


Rules & Guidelines:

  1. Each “20 Miler” relay team is made of up to 4 paddlers, broken down into pairs for each section of the race.

  2. “20 Miler” Race will consist of two 10 mile sections. At the halfway point, teams will switch out paddlers

    • First Section: Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman to Island Ford River Access- 10 miles total

    • Team Exchange at Island Ford River Access

    • Second Section: Island Ford River Access to Hap Simpson River Park- 10 miles

  3. Transportation to race points will be provided, or teams can provide their own.

  4. At the end of the race paddlers will be transported back to Headwaters Outfitters.

  5. The After Party starts at 3:00pm at the Forks of the River Taproom. Awards Ceremony will start when enough teams arrive on site.


How to Enter:

  • Registration must be made in advance.

  •  “20 Miler” Entry Fee: $120.00 per team (Plus fees if paying with credit card).

  • Includes, canoe, paddles, lifejackets, t-shirt and transportation to & from river

  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place trophies awarded in “20 Miler Relay Race”.

  • Make checks payable to Headwaters Outfitters or Register Online at EventBrite.


October 3
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Headwaters Outfitters
25 Parkway Road
Rosman, NC 28772 United States



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