By | May 28, 2021

June 12: Third Annual Broad River Race and Fun Float

Cliffside, N.C. — On Saturday June 12th, MountainTrue and the Broad Riverkeeper, David Caldwell, will be hosting the third annual Broad River Race and Fun Float from the Lake Houser Put-In to the Broad River Greenway. MountainTrue welcomes folks to race at their own pace and enjoy these 5 miles on the most beautiful stretch of the Broad River. The race only has two rules: one – you must wear a lifejacket or PFD and two – no motors allowed. You can paddle solo, tandem, or as many people as will fit in your boat!

What: Third Annual Broad River Race and Fun Float

Where: Meet at the Lake Houser Put-In to coordinate our shuttle

When: Saturday June 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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This 5-mile stretch of the Broad River is both beautiful and calm, with a few small rapids that can be managed by beginners. The race begins at 2:00 p.m. when the race mascot, a carved wooden turtle named Betsy, is dropped into the water. Then we’re off to paddle or just float at your own pace. First-person, or first team, across the finish line wins a MountainTrue gift bag and takes possession of Betsy the Turtle until next year’s race. The event is free to participate though there is a $5 parking fee at Lake Houser and at the Greenway. We will coordinate shuttling vehicles before the race starts and encourage participants to bring masks if they will feel more comfortable ride-sharing that way.

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About MountainTrue

MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities. We are committed to keeping our mountain region a beautiful place to live, work and play. Our members protect our forests, clean up our rivers, plan vibrant and livable communities, and advocate for a sound and sustainable future for all. MountainTrue is active in the Broad, French Broad, Green, Hiwassee, Little Tennessee, New and Watauga watersheds, and is home to the Broad Riverkeeper, French Broad Riverkeeper, Green Riverkeeper, and Watauga Riverkeeper.