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Verde River Runoff coming March 21

Participants have fun on the Verde River during a previous Verde River Runoff. (Courtesy)

Participants have fun on the Verde River during a previous Verde River Runoff. (Courtesy)


Kayaks and canoes are seen at the edge of the Verde River during a previous Verde River Runoff. (Courtesy)

CAMP VERDE — Friends of the Verde River presents the 8th Annual Verde River Runoff. The Runoff will be held on Saturday, March 21st in Camp Verde. The 5-Mile Fun Float and 10-mile kayak, canoe and stand-up boarder race draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike. Participants can select from multiple entry categories to challenge themselves, engaging every type of boater with trained safety personnel stationed at hazard locations.  

The 5- and 10-mile races are a family-friendly celebration of nature and boating during prime spring runoff season for river running in the Verde Valley. The river winds through public lands set against the picturesque white gypsum cliffs of Camp Verde. The 10-mile race starts at White Bridge and the 5-mile fun float at the river access at Clear Creek. Both races end at Beasley Flats. The river has a nice current with class I-II rapids making this an adventure for all. 

Join friends for the after-party and awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, also on March 21. Friends will be pulling the winning ticket for the Run the Verde River Raffle at the festival. You can purchase raffle tickets online until 5 p.m. on March 20 and in person at the festival until 2 p.m., unless all 500 tickets have been sold.

Both Verde River Runoff and the Run the Verde River Raffle support Friends of the Verde River and outdoor recreation in the Verde Valley. 

Registration fees: $25 for the 5-Mile Fun Float, $50 for the 10-Mile Race. Online registration opens on Feb. 14. The event is limited to 200 registrants. Register at

To purchase tickets for the Run the Verde River Raffle, go to

Friends of the Verde River is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with a mission to work collaboratively to restore habitat, sustain flows and promote community stewardship to support a healthy Verde River system. 

Information provided by Friends of the Verde River.

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