While having the Race the Red start line and finish line at the same location and having all races (and therefore racers and supporters in the same space) starting at the same time usually creates a fun community event, we feel it is best to change the format of Race the Red this year for safety reasons due to Covid-19. Even though we can’t all be on the Red River and its banks together, we still want it to feel like Race the Red and to have people enjoying the Red River so we hope that you’ll participate in the Virtual Race the Red.
Paddle on your own anytime between August 7 – 24.
Virtual entry fee is $20/person. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-race-the-red-canoe-kayak-races-tickets-87703315979
Choose your Course (See map posted in the discussion section):
* 1.5-mile course: begin at the Midtown Dam South Boat Ramp at Dike East (100 2nd Street South in Fargo), paddle to the Fargo Water Treatment Plant and paddle back.
* 3.5-mile course: begin at the Midtown Dam South Boat Ramp at Dike East (100 2nd Street South in Fargo), paddle to the Lindenwood/Gooseberry Park Pedestrian Bridge and paddle back.
OR rent a kayak from the Lindenwood Rentals and do the opposite….start at the Lindenwood/Gooseberry Park Pedestrian Bridge, paddle to the Midtown Dam South Boat Ramp at Dike East and paddle back (just be aware that you will then be going upstream at the end!) For more information on Lindenwood Kayak Rental’s go to: https://www.fargoparks.com/facilities-recreation/lindenwood-rentals.html. Note, if doing this course: Depending on river levels, you might have to portage around the Lindenwood/Gooseberry Parks Pedestrian Bridge.
* 6-mile course: begin at the Midtown Dam South Boat Ramp at Dike East (100 2nd Street South in Fargo), paddle to the I-94 Bridge, turn around and paddle back.
Note: Depending on river levels, you might have to portage around the Lindenwood/Gooseberry Parks Pedestrian Bridge.
Results: Post a picture or video of you on Facebook or Instagram after your race (or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org). Tell us what course you completed, what type of vessel you were in, and your time. Use #EnjoytheRed and #RacetheRed
Participant Prizes: Each participant will receive Race the Red swag. We will post a picture of the apparel once available.
* Safety first! Check the river and weather conditions before you set out.
* Life jackets must be worn and fastened at all times.
* Have fun!
Precautions: The Red River is on MN DNR’s list of infested waters for zebra mussels. Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) or Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) are non-native species that can harm our natural resources. To prevent the spread of these unwanted species, boaters need to clean and drain their vessels. To remove or kill hard-to-see aquatic invasive species before moving to other water bodies, spray with high-pressure, very hot water and/or dry boats and water-related equipment for at least five days.