The Verde River Runoff is a 5 and 10 mile, canoe and kayak race on the Verde River in Camp Verde, Arizona held in March. It is organized by the Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO.org). This race is modeled after the very successful Northern Arizona University’s Verde River Canoe Challenge that was held from 2000 to 2011.
The race start is just off Route 260, at White Bridge Park just east of Camp Verde, AZ. The finish line is located approximately 10 miles downstream at Beasley Flat, a U.S. Forest Service Recreation Area. The race is open to canoe and kayak, tandem and single, competitive and recreational, male and female racers beginning at 10 AM with the competitive categories launching first. This race is run on a special use permit from the Prescott National Forest.
The racecourse on this beautiful desert river is rated Class I-II. A midway checkpoint is located at Clear Creek. To reach the White Bridge staging area, exit I-17 at Highway 260 (east), drive through Camp Verde. Highway 260 crosses the Verde River at the east end of town and White Bridge staging area is immediately on your right.
The registration fee is $55 and limited to 200 people. Go to www.VerdeRiverRunoff.org to link to the online registration, event details, and updates. Organizers suggest that the earlier you register the better. Email VRVNO.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions.
For more information about Verde River Valley Nature Organization (VRVNO), a non-profit organization that is raising awareness of our natural resources by providing recreation, education and nature tourism opportunities that support the stewardship of the Verde River Valley, visit www.VRVNO.org.
All proceeds benefit the conservation and outdoor recreation in and on the Verde River Valley. With multiple categories for entry, the Verde River Runoff is a great river run for a variety of experienced paddlers.