Every great city needs a Great River Race. London has one, and now so does the Twin Cities! Gather your team of 9 colleagues or friends and race in a 24′ Voyageur Canoe on the Mississippi River.
Interested in volunteering? We can use your help in a wide variety of roles: from timekeeping, serving rolls and hauling boats, to cheering and greeting teams as they arrive, your help makes this event happen. We might even need an extra hand to race in our canoes!
The Great River Race benefits the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures (UWCA) program. Corporate teams, friends, families and nonprofit organizations can join the 7 mile race from Hidden Falls to Harriet Island. Teams are responsible for recruiting 6 to 9 paddlers for their boat, and raising money for the cause. Wilderness Inquiry provides experienced stern paddlers, Voyageur canoes, paddles, PFD’s, and all the rest.
Sponsorship levels range from $2,500 to field a boat up to $15,000 for presenting sponsors. Click the “Sponsorship Information” link below for more details on sponsor levels and benefits.
There are also many volunteer opportunities. Please register and we will get in touch with you. Thank you for your support!
For more information about how to sponsor a boat, corporate sponsorships, or volunteer opportunities, contact Julie Storck at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-676-9424.
Dates & Fees
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do we meet?
Standard Meeting Places and Times
Start: Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Gate) at 9:00 AM (local time)
End: Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Gate) at 1:00 PM (local time)
What is your cancellation/refund policy?
We require a nonrefundable deposit of 10% of the trip fee or $100, whichever is smaller. So, for example, if the trip fee is $250, the deposit would be $25. If the trip fee is $3995, the deposit would be $100.
If you choose to cancel your trip:
For trips in the continental United States:
• 6 weeks prior to start date — we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 6 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 1 week— no refunds will be issued.
For trips outside the continental United States:
• 12 weeks prior to start date— we will refund fees paid minus deposit.
• Less than 12 weeks — we will refund 50% of the total trip fee, or 100% of fees paid can be transferred to a future trip.
• Less than 2 weeks — no refunds will be issued.
In the rare event that WI cancels a trip, or we are unable to serve you, all fees are immediately refunded, including the deposit. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for personal expenses such as airline tickets. To protect your investment in your travel plans we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Information on travel insurance is included in your trip confirmation packet. If after registering you wish to switch trips, you may do so subject to availability. Fees may apply.
Under certain circumstances, such as death of a family member, change in health status, loss of employment, etc., we may make exceptions to our refund policies. Please let us know immediately if your plans change!