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The Great French Broad River Canoe Race Of 2016


Last updated 7/18/2016 at 6:14pm

The start of the French Broad Canoe Race, part of the Upper French Broad River Festival, had a great turn out. Teams of two paddled ten miles starting at Champion Park, then handed off the baton to another team of two who took it in to the finish at Hap Simpson. (photos courtesy Headwaters Outfitters)

On June 18, 11 teams took off from Rosman on a 20-mile canoe relay race. The race started with a shotgun and all canoes bucking for position right out of the gate. While it is a fun and competitive event, it is a race on the

river, for the river.

The leg that began at Champion Park in Rosman and wound its way to Hap Simpson Park in Brevard is 20 river miles, with Island Ford Access in the middle at the 10-mile mark. Here, paddlers relayed off to fresh teammates that continued on to the finish. Another added bonus was that the multi-bridge crossings onlookers could cheer on their teams an...

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