East Race Whitewater Festival

Event Dates:  June 9  •  June 10  •  June 11


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A Great Time for All at the East Race! It’s the 2nd annual ERWWKC festival with a weekend of fun and exciting competition, including a practice day, an event day and a purely fun on the water day. Here’s a quick overview of the good times to be enjoyed by whitewater kayakers of all ages, and experience levels:

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Taking place Noon – 3:30pm Saturday it’s all about speed and reaching the finish line first in a contest between 4 or 5 boaters. There are divisions for short and long boats and some important rules to prevent any naughty tactics.


This will be a fun competition 1pm – 2pm called “King of the Rodeo” , competitors will get in the Rodeo wave 2 at a time and when the horn sounds the first one to knock the other competitor off their board or out of the wave will move on to the next round.


Taking place 4pm Saturday The whole purpose of this fun and thrilling time is to create chaos, mayhem and a ton of fun, without creating any real harm to your fellow competitors. The more chaos we have the more fun you and the spectators will have.

Helmets & PFDs Required.


Friday June 9

Friday is a practice day on the East Race. It’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend, come out and work on your race strategy starting at 6pm. Registered competitors only.

Saturday June 10

Competitions in three very different, but all fun, pursuits run from 9 a.m. to 6pm, followed by awards and live music entertainment (from Cash O’Riley).

Today, there’s a couple of brilliant food trucks serving up tasty meals so you can stay all day if you wish. Trucks supplied by Rulli’s Italian Restaurant and Kona Ice.  Enjoy!

Sunday June 11

Sunday is just regular East Race fun for any kayakers who want to get out and enjoy the Race and Festival competitors will receive a free pass (wristband) for Sunday.

The address of the main event area (with the food trucks, live music and awards ceremony) is at

299 N. Niles Ave., South Bend, IN  46617 (in the PeopleLink parking lot).

All competitors must complete an ERWWKC waiver form, which can be downloaded here.  Please complete your waiver prior to the Festival and bring it with you to the event. Registration must be completed online… CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.