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FOLAR to Host the 10th Annual ‘Paddle-or-Battle’

Andy Thompson

September 7, 2017 11:30am

Paddlers on the Appomattox River near Petersburg. Credit: FOLAR

Registration is now open for the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River’s 10th Annual Paddle-or-Battle, an opportunity for a recreational paddle or a competitive race in a canoe, kayak, or SUP on the Appomattox River on September 30th.

The route begins at the Hopewell City Marina near the convergence with the James River and ends at Petersburg’s historic Pocahontas Island Park.

New this year is a shorter, Youth/Beginner 2-mile course, offering fun for every age and experience level.

The entire 10-mile route is flatwater in the tidal section of the river with some current. An incoming tide is expected for the event, which should aid paddlers. Buoys, mile markers, and guide boats will be out along the course.  Shuttles and trailers will return you and your boat from the finish to the Hopewell Marina. Extra shuttles and trailers have been added for faster return. Kayak rentals are available. Call 804-840-2757 to reserve.

First place racing awards will be given in four categories: Under-50 Male and Female and Over-50 Male and Female. Best time to beat is 1 hour, 39 minutes. Trophy presentation at the finish is at noon.

Paddling on the tidal Appomattox. Credit: FOLAR

All proceeds from this event will go to support the work of the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River to conserve and protect the Appomattox River for all to enjoy.

Advance registration is $25/adult and $15/under 18 and active-retired military. Day of event registration is $30/adult and $20 under 18 and active-retired military. Paddle or Battle registration includes an event T-shirt, continental breakfast in Hopewell as well as picnic lunch. Day of sign-in/registration starts at 8 a.m. Youth-Beginner and Leisure paddling starts at 9 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Lunch and trophy activities are 11:30–1:30pm.

More information and online registration is available at, FOLAR-VA.ORG. For questions or kayak rental email to contactus@folar-va.org or call 804-840-2757 or 804-543-0325.

Major event support provided by Vulcan Materials, Virginia American Water, Appomattox River Soil and Water Conservation District, and Hopewell Recreation & Parks. Click here for more information.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?