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3rd Annual Catawba River Ramble for Recovery

  • Address:
  • Start Location of the race: Farm belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints off Cherry Hills Place, Rock Hill, SC (no exact address but signage will direct racers to start location of the race), Finish Location of the race & other event activities: Catawba Nation Boat Launch on Charley Horse Rd, Rock Hill, SC, Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Phone:
  • (803) 984-0970
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    In honor of National Recovery Month, the Catawba Nation is hosting the 3rd Annual Catawba River Ramble for Recovery, a kayak race to increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorder and to celebrate individuals who are reclaiming their lives through recovery and cultural connectedness. Proceeds generated from the race will benefit the Catawba Nation Tribal Planning Board’s efforts to create a Healing Village, on reservation transitional housing, culturally specific treatment services and recovery support for its citizens.

    Native American communities are disproportionately affected by substance use disorder and research has found that most evidenced-based treatment modalities are not effective in treating this population. Here, at Catawba Nation, we believe that “Culture is Prevention, Culture is Treatment, and Culture is Healing.” By creating a Healing Village, we will be able to provide culturally relevant treatment and better meet the needs of our citizens as they reconnect with their community and culture.

    USCG Type III or Type V life jackets are required for paddling on the river; helmets are optional but suggested. Any participant paddling without a life jacket or with an improperly fitted and fastened life jacket will be disqualified from the race.

    For more information or to register please visit: https://thecatawbariverrambleforrecovery.itsyourrace.com/

    The Catawba River Ramble for Recovery
    Type: 6.5mi kayak race
    Date: 9/10/2022
    Start Time: 10:00am Opening Ceremonies. Heat times (See below) are subject to change depending on number of participants. (11:00am, 11:15am, 11:30am, 11:45am, 12:00pm, more as needed)
    Location: Start – Farm belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints off Cherry Hills Place in Rock Hill, SC; End – Catawba Nation Boat Launch on Charley Horse Rd in Rock Hill, SC.

    Race Day Schedule:
    Packet Pickup: Must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your heat time for check-in and packet pickup; Preferred packet pickup will take place 9/9/22 from 4-6pm at Catawba Indian Nation Longhouse.
    9:00am: Check-In
    10:00am: Opening Ceremonies
    Race Start Times: 11:00am, 11:15am, 11:30am, 11:45am, 12:00pm
    Please note times may change due to number of kayakers per heat
    2:00pm tentatively: Awards Ceremony & Raffles
    Male & female winners for each kayak age category (18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55+) - (<12')
    Overall kayak male & female winners - (<12')
    Overall kayak male & female winners - (>13')
    Overall tandem canoe winners
    Overall SUP male & female winners

    Heat Times:
    9:00AM: Check-in begins at Start Location
    10:00 AM: Opening Ceremony
    11:00 AM: Heat 1 - Co-Ed, SUP
    11:15 AM: Heat 2 - Co-Ed, Tandem Canoe
    11:30 AM: Heat 3 - Co-Ed, Single Person Kayak
    11:45 AM: Heat 4 - Co-Ed, Single Person Kayak
    12:00 PM: Heat 5 - Co-Ed, Single Person Kayak
    12:15 PM: Heat 6 – Co-Ed, Single Person Kayak
    12:30 PM: Heat 7 – Fun Paddle
    Additional Heats may be added as needed

    At conclusion of race, participants and spectators will enjoy live cultural performances and shopping with vendors, and have access to recovery resources.

    First 50 registrants will receive a swag bag, including t-shirt. To be guaranteed your requested t-shirt size, you must register by Aug. 6, 2022

    Shirt Sizes:
    Adult – S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
    Youth- N/A

    Kayak Awards & Age Groups:
    1st Overall Male and Female <12' and >13' kayak winners will receive a $50 VISA gift card & gift basket
    1st Male and Female per age category of <12' kayak: 18 – 24; 25 – 34; 35 – 44; 45 – 54; 55+ will receive a $30 VISA gift card

    Other Awards:
    1st Overall Male and Female SUP will receive a $30 VISA gift card
    1st Overall Tandem Canoe will receive a $30 VISA gift card

    Fees:
    -Registration Price 18+ only: $50 non-refundable/non-transferrable (unless event is cancelled by race director due to unsafe conditions)
    -Fun Paddle for all ages and untimed (under 18yo must be accompanied by adult): $30
    -T-shirt ONLY: $20

    SPONSORSHIP TIERS:
    *Bronze: ($100 or in-kind donations)-Your company name on social media and t-shirts.
    *Silver: ($175 or in-kind donations)- Bronze rewards, plus signs at the start of the race and vendor booth at race
    *Gold: ($250 or in-kind donations)-Bronze and Silver rewards, plus sponsorship attribution in The Catawba Post, a cultural gift worth $25, Recovery Champion Award, and free admission up to one person to race.
    *Platinum: ($500 or in-kind donations)-Bronze, Silver, and Gold rewards, plus signs at the start and finish of the race and free admission for up to two people to race.

    Sponsorship deadline is 8/6/2022
    Contact Ericka Pursley for more information on sponsorship:
    phone: (803) 833-2133
    Email: Ericka.pursley@catawba.com

    Safety Information:
    -USCG Type III or Type V life jackets are REQUIRED for paddling on the river; helmets are optional but suggested. Any participant seen paddling without a life jacket or with an improperly fitted and fastened life jacket will be disqualified from the race.
    -Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc. are discouraged for the safety of all participants.
    -All participants are responsible for making their own decisions while on the water including, but not limited to; which equipment to use, which route to take, whether their skill and experience level are appropriate for this experience based on current or anticipated weather/water/trail conditions.
    -Volunteers and rescue personnel (Caroline Dive and Rescue) will be on site during the race; however, all participants are responsible for self-rescue while on the river.
    -First Aid/CPR Certified staff person on site

    Packet Pickup Location and time:
    Name of location: Catawba Indian Nation Longhouse
    Street: 996 Avenue of the Nations
    City, State, Zip: Rock Hill, SC, 29730
    Time of packet pickup: 9/9/22, 4pm – 6pm, curbside pickup

    Race Director:
    Hailey Wade, hailey.wade@catawba.com, (803) 984-0970
    Tolani Franks, tolani.franks@catawba.com, (803) 280-2545

    Event special notes:
    -Can people listen to music while running? Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc. are discouraged for the safety of all participants.
    -Are pets welcome? no
    -Are there parking restrictions that people should know about? Participants will not be permitted to leave their vehicle at the start location of the race. It is suggested that one person accompany you to stage your equipment at the start of the race and move to the finish location. When parking at Catawba Nation Boat Launch, do not block access to roads or trails.
    -Are there any age restrictions for any of the races? Only 18yo+ may participate in race; Youth may participate in Fun Paddle if accompanied by an adult.