The 2013 Verde River Runoff is a ten-mile race on a beautiful desert river in Camp Verde, Arizona. Come experience the first river race of the season while enjoying the Verde Valley’s attractions and activities. Social activities, including live bands, vendor booths, and food, begin in Camp Verde after the race launches and continue throughout the day on Saturday, March 23rd. The canoe race begins Saturday morning, March 23rd at 10:00 a.m.
The race start is on Route 260, at White Bridge Park, just east of Camp Verde. The end of the race is at Beasley Flats, a US Forest Service Recreation Area approximately 10 miles downriver from the start. A midway check point is located at the Clear Creek parking area. The river difficulty is class I-II (III at high water). This event is permitted through a special use permit with the US Forest Service.
Day of Race: Participants drop their boats off at White Bridge, then drive their personal vehicle to Beasley Flat, park, catch the free shuttle back to the White Bridge put-in, then check in and prepare for race start. If participants have someone to pick them up at the race finish (Beasley Flat), then they, along with their boats, can be dropped off at White Bridge for check-in and race preparation. Please note that there is no available parking at White Bridge on the morning of the race.
Event Start Time: 10:00 am / Participant check-in at White Bridge 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. / Shuttles from Beasley Flats begin at 7:30 am. Last shuttle leaves Beasley Flats at 9:30 am.
Background Information: This race is modeled after the very successful Verde River Canoe Challenge, which ran from 2000 to 2011, when Northern Arizona University elected to withdraw as the event organizer.
Event Organizers: Verde River Valley Nature Organization and Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce.
Event Partners: Town of Camp Verde, Yavapai College Foundation, Verde River Rafting, and
Arizona State Parks.
Event Sponsors: Salt River Project and The Nature Conservancy