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Aug 5, 2017
Ford River Race 2017

Sat. Aug, 5 - Ford River Race 2017

SAVE THE DATE: 49th Annual Ford River Race to be held August 5, 2017


Join the Boy Scouts of America and Paseo del Rio Association on Saturday, August 5th from 7-11 am for a race down the San Antonio River. 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.

Once again, 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.



For all the details, view, print, and share the flyer found under the 'DETAILS" button to the right.


   •  New for 2017:  Community and Celebrity registrations have been combined to a single Public category and both 2-person canoe and 1-person kayak teams are the watercraft type options

   •  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


To Register, click the orange "register" button to the right.  For more information, click the blue "details" button to visit the

For more information, contact Kevin Jetton, Event Chairman, at or 210-275-2062 or


Registration is required by July 31, at 11:59 pm. Please take the time to collect the registration information and ensure it is complete before starting to register your unit.

Steps to Register:

1. From the “Individual Registration” page (also for team registrations), click “Next”

2. Select the type of team you want to register

3. Enter the Group Point-of-Contact (even though it says Participant)

4. Enter the Group Point-of-Contact phone number (on next screen)

5. Enter ALL the information for the 1st team: Group Type, Unit Number/Group/Company Name, Racer #1 & 2
(first & last name, age and t-shirt size) then select the appropriate Racing Category for this team

6. A summary will appear for the 1st team then select:
- Enter more and repeat steps 3-5 again (use the same Group Point-of-Contact info)
- Save: to exit the batch and do Payment Processing (All major credit cards and e-checks accepted.)


Q. Are the Youth broken into age categories as in prior years: 11-13, 14-17, and adults?
A. YES as far as not only age categories but also gender for the Youth
categories.  Adults is by gender (male, female and mixed). In the event that 1 team member in a canoe is older (or an adult).....they should be (I change them) to the older appropriate category.

Q. What does this event cost?  

A. Youth Group Members & Leaders: $15 per person per team (without regard to a 1-person kayak or a 2-person canoe team) to simplify things.......each time you race in whatever type of watercraft, division/category or team size - it is a flat $15 per person per team. 

A: Public: $50 per person per team of 1-2 individuals depending on the watercraft type selected (either 1-person Kayak or 2-person Canoe team)

Q. Does the cost change depending on if a participant brings their own kayak or team-up with a buddy and borrow a canoe?

A. No. Canoes may be provided by participants or the event. Kayaks must be provided on your own.


Unload at the corner of S. Alamo and E. Market and take them down the stairs to The River Walk under S. Alamo Street on the SOUTH side of The River Walk near the Beyer Bridge opposite Casa Rio Mexican Restaurant.


Parking meters start charging at 8:00 AM, but are free before then. Several meters are available along the streets of E. Market and E. Commerce, but are heavily patrolled by SAPD Parking Services, so be sure to pay.

There are also many parking garages in the downtown area and the following 3 are recommended:

  1. Riverbend behind Casa Rio Restaurant between E. Commerce & E. Market
  2. The Marina Garage behind the Marriott Riverwalk hotel between E. Commerce & E. Market
  3. The Shops at the Rivercenter parking garage

Additionally there are many surface lots in the area to choose from, ideal for trucks and/or vehicles pulling trailers.

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