July 31, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Race for the River open to all (even dogs)

Aug 07, 2011

July 31, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Race for the River open to all (even dogs) Race for the River open to all (even dogs)

Published: July 31. 2011 4:00AM PST

Rafts, kayaks, inflatables, canoes, paddleboards and even dogs can participate in Deschutes River Conservancy’s Race for the River on Aug. 13 at Riverbend Park in Bend.

The event will feature long and short paddleboard races, a 700-meter open swim competition, a kayak and canoe race, a “floaties” category, and a team challenge for families, friends and co-workers.

Each category is open to dogs, which may swim alongside crafts or ride in them. In order to keep everyone safe, racers with dogs will participate in separate heats from those unaccompanied by pets.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serves as a benefit for the Deschutes River Conservancy, whose mission is to restore stream flow and improve water quality in the Deschutes River Basin.

Entry fee is $20 per person, $30 with a dog or $50 per team. Prices go up by $5 for registration on race day. Riverbend Park is located at Southwest Columbia Street and Southwest Shevlin Hixon Drive near the new offices of the Bend Park & Recreation District.

Contact: www.deschutesriver.org.

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