Thank You!
We would like to thank all of the racers, staff, volunteers, and everyone else who participated in the 2016 Upper Jock River Paddling Race!

Race/weather conditions were a “little” colder than the ideal conditions we experienced during last year’s event but we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout! We saw a total of 60 teams with just over 100 paddlers (along with several Stand up Paddleboarders and our first ever Voyageur canoe of 8 racers) out there to brave the cold winds – kudos to each and every one of the determined racers who didn’t let anything stop them from continuing the tradition!

A very BIG SHOUTOUT to ALL VOLUNTEERS helping out this year as well. As always, we couldn’t have pulled it off without everyone’s willingness to lend a helping hand and unrivaled enthusiasm – Thank you!

We are already looking forward to next year’s event and plan to make it even bigger and better. If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions for improvement for next year’s race, please feel free to drop us a line!

-Races Beyond Reason/Upper Jock River Paddling Race Organizing Team

Race Results – Click Here to view this year’s Race Results. ***NOTE: We will be mailing out medals to racers that were not present at the medal ceremony to receive their award. Also this year, we had experienced an issue of several boats leaving on last year’s boat numbers resulting in a possible mix up between several racers, please contact us if you noticed an issue with your boat number/time/position.

Race Photos – Click Here to view this year’s Race Photos. Thank you to Rick Balderson for capturing these memorable moments during this year’s race!

A few additional photos from this year’s race can also be found at taken by Barry Gray.

– Drone Footage from this year’s race! –

Race Sponsors – Also, we would like to thank all of our local Sponsors who contributed to this year’s successful event. We couldn’t have done it without your support and generosity!

ForceFive Media for maintaining and hosting our website
King’s Your Independent Grocer for providing our cold and fatigued racers with plenty of hot chili, soup, muffins, and water
GT Triangle Signs for providing all of the boat numbers again for this year as they have done for many previous races
CC’s Corner for providing racers and participants with hot coffee to keep us all warm!
G&I Automotive for providing shuttle service back to the start line location for racers to pick up their vehicles
RA Canoe Camping Club for being a crucial part of our racers’ safety by providing a first class sweep boat team
ALL of our fantastic, local, and community driven bib sponsors

2016 Upper Jock River Race UPDATES:

  • Race day forecast is calling for cooler temperatures but dry and partially sunny
  • Organizers are preparing heated areas for all participants to keep warm
  • Hot coffee and warm food will be available to all racers
  • Visit our “Race Procedures” page for suggestions on appropriate attire and paddling tips in cold weather

Pre-registered and non-registered racers are to make their way to the finish line location in Jock River Park in Richmond (at the end of Lennox Street) between 9:00am and 11:00am on the morning of the race. (12:00pm Race Start)

***REMINDER: Online registration discounts are still available up until April 8th!

We are excited to announce that the Upper Jock River Race is back for the year of 2016! Be sure to expect a bigger and better race returning to the town of Richmond to reclaim it’s title and once again kick off the “Rite of Spring”. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Saturday April 9th. Bring your friends, family, pets, and most importantly yourself to paddle and race among others along this community landmark. We hope to see you there!

NEW THIS YEAR! The Jock River Race is introducing a “Best Costume” category to the already fun springtime ritual. Put on your most outrageous costume for the race and compete for the fastest time down the 12.5km to Richmond!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We are always looking for volunteers to assist us in any way to keep the event running as smoothly as possible. Please CONTACT US if you are able to lend a hand on race day – all help is very much appreciated!

SCHOOL TEAMS WANTED! Is your school or do you know of a school that may be interested in registering student teams this year? We would love to have schools participate this year and help grow the sport among youths within the community! Let us know!

More Info: We also have a Facebook page and E-newsletter for all of our participants. Follow us on social media and sign up for the latest information!