Connect Kids to the Outdoors and Boost Academic Achievement

Join the Great River Race

4th Annual Great River Race
Saturday, September 13, 2014
9:00am – 2:00pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park, Saint Paul, MN

Wilderness Inquiry, the National Park Service, and many other partners have teamed up to host the Great River Race on the Mississippi River. It’s a big race to fund the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA) outdoor education program, addressing the achievement gap in our schools.

In five short years, the UWCA has served over 50,000 kids, getting them out on our nation’s rivers for outdoor learning experiences that are boosting academic engagement. We can do more if you come on board!

Participating is fun, easy and memorable! WI provides Voyageur canoes, paddles, life-vests, a guide to stern each boat, t-shirts and lunch.

For more information contact Helen Kouba at or 612-676-9427.

Sponsorship Packet | Pledge Form

Race Overview | Race Itinerary & Route | Volunteer at the Race

 Achievement Gap | Photo Gallery

Thank you to our 2014 sponsors! 

Founding Sponsor:                              Presenting Sponsor:

Travelers          UCare

Ceremony Sponsor:


Boat Sponsors:

 Carleton College     Circus Juventas      Dorsey

   Exeter   Faegre Baker Daniels    FRWD-black-Vector-v2

 Greco   GHF_590x300_A-e1392243077449    Initio Advertising

     Mississippi River FundMortenson    NPCA

 Orange Tree            Pearsons Salted Nut Roll     Polaris Logo

Ryan Companies          SJU  Scholarship America

   TASC   TCF_FinCorp_NoSince-CMYKPrint

 Vasque   Venture Bank

Neil DuBois Memorial Fund

Megan O’Hara & Friends

Bill Schmoker

Teddy Spencer Family

~ 2013 Great River Race Results ~

Many thanks to the 2013 Great River Race Sponsors:

Founding Sponsor:                                 Presenting Sponsor:

  Travelers                                   UCare_MasterBrand

Opening Ceremony Co-Sponsors:

          Peregrine                            Venture Bank

Boat Sponsors:

                         associated-bank                    cef_logo_spot

                                    faegre                   DorseyLogo

                    exeter logo                             NV Logo

                                                                                                 GENERAL MILLS LOGO

                     GHF_590x300_A-e1392243077449                          HP logo

               idpklogo                                  initio logo

            MMN102_Final Id_2C Coated                                   mrf

               MortLogo                                  OrangeTree_Logo

               vasque                                        rh


             tcf                                uma-logo

Awards Ceremony Co-Sponsors:

             Carleton College logo                                 Print

In-Kind Sponsors:

          Pearsons_SNRlogo                                       coborns

                    greatharvest                                     Longfellow

                      all inc logo                                 dunnbros

                  USM-logo1                                      kowalskis

Additional Boat Sponsors:

  • Vanessa Dayton
  • Beth and Kevin Dooley Family
  • Manitou Fur Traders
  • Neil DuBois Memorial Fund
  • Teddy Spencer Family

Read a letter of support from Governor Mark Dayton, Mayor Christopher B. Coleman, and Mayor Betsy Hodges.