Twenty Years Afloat: Annual Rivah Run is a Three Decade Tradition

Kayakers, canoeists, paddleboarders, come one, come all, and join this five card Poker Draw fun paddle on the Choptank River! The 20th Annual Choptank Rivah Run will be held on Saturday, August 19. This two-mile run starts at the Martinak State Park Boat ramp and finishes at the Choptank River Yacht Club. The event is sponsored by Caroline County Recreation & Parks.

Don’t have your own boat? No worries, long-time event sponsor Easton Cycle and Sport will deliver a kayak to you at the launch for a small fee. Call 410-822-7433. Or you may reserve a State Park canoe through Recreation & Parks for $25 when you register to participate, however, quantities of canoes are limited.

Easton Cycle and Sport owner, Ryan Hickey values his Caroline County customer base and is a long-time supporter of the event. For the seventh year in a row, he is donating one of the Grand Prizes: a kayak – the perfect boat to explore the winding recesses of the rivers and streams throughout the Shore region.

Prizes are awarded not by speed, but by the luck of the card draw. The five card Poker Draw is dealt to each paddler at a series of check points along the river. The best poker hand wins the Grand Prize of a Kayak. Best hands take away prizes until the prizes are gone.
Rivah Run is a great way to get in some exercise and enjoy the outdoors before heading over to the annual Summerfest event in downtown Denton where food and great music will fill the afternoon and evening.

“It is a perfect paddle experience for the beginner and families because of the relatively short distance”, remarked Stacy Seward, Caroline County Recreation & Parks Program Supervisor and coordinator for Rivah Run. The estimated time on the water for even a novice paddler is less than 60 minutes, and the support on the river is extensive. Free transportation from the yacht club back to the State Park is provided for event participants.

To register, visit carolinerecreation.org to sign up online or via phone at 410-479-8120. Cost is $15/paddler in advance and $20 the day of the event. Register by July 31st to receive a 20th Annual Rivah Run tee-shirt.

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