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Hellbender 20 Miler Relay Race

June 20 @ 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 Team, “10 Miler Fun Run” limited to 10 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. “10 Miler Fun Run” starts at 12:00pm.

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

  7. 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. “10 Miler Fun Run” are teams of 2 paddlers. 

  3. “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

  4. “10 Miler” Race will be the single 10 Mile section from Headwaters Outfitters to the Island Ford River Access.

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

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

  7. 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).

  • “10 Miler” Entry Fee: $80.00 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.


June 20
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Headwaters Outfitters
25 Parkway Road
Rosman, NC 28772 United States
COVID-19 Updates
The current update as of April 1st, due to Governor's Order: Going forward until April 29th or further notice:
  • Our Retail Shop is CLOSED and:
    Offering ONLINE Shopping and Gift Cards
    Orders shipped out next business day
    For Call-in orders or order questions please EMAIL US.
  • The Forks of the River Taproom is CLOSED. 
    To-Go Beer orders available for pick-up Saturday 2-5pm. 
    Custom beer and wine orders available with prepayment
    orders can be placed via email or Facebook Messenger
    EMAIL HERE or Visit Us on FACEBOOK
  • Paddling Trips and Rentals
    We are postponing our opening day of paddling season until further notice
    All special events and guided paddling trips are postponed
    All shuttle services have been suspended
    Canoe and Kayak rentals suspended
  • Fishing Trips and Classes
    All Guide Trips and Classes are Postponed Through April 29th- For inquires please EMAIL

We appreciate your support and patience during this time. We will be available for questions, orders and reservations via phone and email. We will continue to provide updates when necessary. From our Headwaters Family to Yours, we send prayers that you and your loved ones stay safe.

The Whitmire Family