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Race the Red Canoe & Kayak Races

Kayakers and Canoers wanted for the 30th Annual Race the Red! All skill levels are welcome.


Three Flag Races: Choose your distance, 1.5, 3.5, or 6 miles. Participants will paddle upriver to a designated turnaround point, grab a prize, and return downriver to the finish.

Courses & Categories

The Course: All races begin and end at the south boat ramp at Dike East (100 2nd Street South in Fargo). The first half of each race is upstream. There are awards for 1st place in each category for each distance.

Fees: Early bird fee is $20/per person. The entry fee goes up to $25/per person at 5 p.m. on August 1. A limited number of canoes, single kayaks, and tandem kayaks are available to rent for $15.


Canoe: Solo, Male Team, Female Team, Co-ed Team
Solo Kayak: Male, Female
Tandem Kayak: Male Team, Female Team, Co-ed Team
Non-traditional (rowboat, hydro bike, SUP, peddled)


Family, friends and the public can bike/run along the entire course on the Fargo Park District’s trail system to watch their paddlers.

More Info

Unloading and Parking: Allow plenty of time when unloading right before the race. Drop off your vessel near the Midtown Dam South Boat Ramp, then park. Carpooling is suggested. Drop off your vessel between 12-4 p.m. to help with traffic congestion and receive a small prize. River Keepers staff will be on-site to ensure security.

Best Decorated: Sign up to be in the Best Decorated contest! Each vessel will have its photo taken and posted on River Keepers’ Facebook and Instagram. Please arrive early to have the image taken.

Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-race-the-red-canoe-kayak-race-tickets-291426192587

Become a sponsor for this event or to learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-race-the-red-canoe-kayak-race-tickets-291426192587

We need a lot of volunteers to make Race the Red happen. Sign up today: riverkeepers.org/volunteer

equipment for at least five days.