NEWS RELEASE – “The 49th Annual Ford River Race through the San Antonio’s Downtown River"


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The 49th Annual Challenge through the San Antonio’s Downtown River

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (August 4, 2017) - The Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Paseo del Rio Association will host a race down the San Antonio River on Saturday, August 5th from 7-11 A.M.  The registration check-in will be located at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville on 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205. The Ford River Race includes a Scouting competition encouraging outdoor adventure. Sponsored by Ford, the challenge is also open to the public, corporations, and celebrity teams with special pricing for the Scouting/Youth Group community. Media is invited to see the action packed race on August 5th from 7:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. at the Chamber of Commerce located on 602 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205.

“Come out and join the fun! This is the only event during the year that you can navigate the San Antonio River downtown. This is great opportunity for all Scouts, young and old, to test their skills at canoeing and kayaking.” says Michael de los Santos, Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council.

Outdoor adventure activity stations staffed by local BSA council volunteers will be available focusing on water safety, canoeing/kayaking skills and more all of which can earn partial credit towards the canoeing and kayaking Boy Scout merit badges.

Maggie Thompson, Executive Director of the San Antonio River Walk Association, says “The River Walk is proud to continue the 49-year tradition of partnering with the Alamo Area Boy Scouts in bring this wonderful even to the community.”


Community and Celebrity registrations have been combined to a single Public category. The watercraft type options include a 2-person canoe and a 1-person kayak teams. 21 Canoes with paddles and life jackets will be available to borrow (no reservation required, rotating use). BYOK (Bring Your Own Kayaks) along with your paddles, and life jackets. For more information about the Ford River Race visit You can contact a coordinator at

About the Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council

The Alamo Area Council, BSA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, serves a 13 county area imparting the Scouting program to 18,000 youth and 6,000 volunteer adults in South Texas.  With Learning for Life, an in-school character education BSA subsidiary, the Council serves over 22,500 youth.  The Boy Scouts of America continues to prepare young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training utilizing outdoor activity, citizenship, and sports fitness.  Learn more at

About the Paseo del Rio Association

The Paseo del Rio Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 to promote, protect and preserve the San Antonio River Walk, the number one tourist attraction in Texas. The Association accomplishes this through the production of special events along the River Walk throughout the year and through the publication of Rio Magazine, a monthly visitor magazine. The Association serves as an advocate, facilitator, and moderator among the business, civic, and governmental communities on matters concerning the River Walk For more information visit