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Join us September 12-20, 2020!

The Verde River Runoff goes Virtual!

We are pleased to announce the much-awaited update on the 2020 Verde River Runoff!

At Friends, we take pride in our efforts to support a healthy Verde – which includes encouraging activity of all kinds throughout the year! With the continued threat of COVID-19 within our state, however, we have decided that the 2020 Runoff will be a VIRTUAL event. This means that even more people will be able to participate in supporting a healthy, flowing Verde River system!

We hope you will take this opportunity to enjoy river-friendly, safe fun on the Verde River or a body of water near you.  

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About the Virtual Runoff

Run the Verde River, or join the paddle from ANY water body! There are multiple ways to participate in this year’s Verde River Runoff. Registrants can choose to compete by either running the 10-mile stretch of the Verde from White Bridge R.A.P. to Beasley Flat R.A.P., or to paddle ANY body of water from anywhere!

All registrants are invited to fundraise for Friends of the Verde River, and will have the opportunity to receive new and EXCLUSIVE “Purdy Verde” prizes for the funds you raise.  All donations will go toward supporting Friends of the Verde’s mission to sustain healthy river flows, restoring habitats and promoting community stewardship.

Registration

Non-competitive: Paddle any distance, on any body of water in the world! $25 to register.

Competitive: Paddle 10 miles from White Bridge R.A.P. to Beasley Flat R.A.P. Registrants will show proof of time, route, mileage using Strava. Route must be paddled between September 12-20, 2020. $50 to register.

Use the Strava sports tracking app to record your route, mileage, and time! In order to be considered for the competition you must share your paddle time with VerdeRiverRunoff@gmail.com by September 20th at 11:59pm.

Categories of Competition for 10-mile Race: 

  • Fastest Men’s Solo Hard-shell Kayak – gold medal + $50 REI gift card
  • Fastest Women’s Solo Hard-shell Kayak – gold medal + $50 REI gift card
  • Fastest Men’s Solo Inflatable Kayak – gold medal + $50 REI gift card
  • Fastest Women’s Solo Inflatable Kayak – gold medal + $50 REI gift card
  • Fastest Men’s Stand Up Paddle Board – gold medal + $50 REI gift card
  • Fastest Women’s Stand Up Paddle Board – gold medal + $50 REI gift card
  • Fastest Single Canoe – gold medal + $50 REI gift card
  • Fastest Tandem Inflatable Kayak – gold medals + $50 REI gift cards
  • Fastest Tandem Hard-shell Kayaks – gold medals + $50 REI gift cards
  • Fastest Tandem Canoes – gold medals + $50 REI gift cards

The racers with the top three times in each category will receive a medal! Winners will be announced at the Virtual Awards Party on September 21st, 2020.

Fundraising

Fundraising will open on August 12th, and conclude on September 20th at 11:59pm.

You can start fundraising RIGHT AWAY! It’s simple, and the funds you raise will help to support Friends of the Verde River’s overall mission. The more money you raise, the more Purdy Verde gifts you will receive.

  • Raise $50 – receive a Purdy Verde kayak cushion + a large “I <3 the Verde River” magnet
  • Raise $100 – receive a Purdy Verde mug + magnet
  • Raise $150 – receive a pair of Purdy Verde socks + magnet
  • Raise $200 – receive a Purdy Verde blanket + magnet
  • Raise $250+ – receive a bundle package of all gifts above

CLICK HERE TO START FUNDRAISING!

Using the Strava App

Strava is a social athletic tracker found in the app store on any smart mobile device. It’s FREE and easy to use. Competitive registrants must download and utilize Strava in order to submit their time to Friends.

Directions for Downloading and Submitting Your Time:

  1. Download Strava from your app store on any smart mobile device.
  2. To register, you must connect with a social media account or email
  • Strava will offer you a month of Strava Pro for free (this is not necessary in order to utilize the app or submit your time to Friends) There is a “skip” option in the upper right corner.
  1. Allow Strava to access your “location services” while using the app 
  • This is key in order to submit your time/distance for the race!
  1. Once you are ready to race, click “record” and choose “Canoe, Kayak or SUP” as your sport.
  2. When you are ready to race, click “start”. By doing so, Strava will record your course, mileage, and time.
  3. When you have completed your route, click “end” and “finish” to finalize your journey.
  • Title your adventure as “First/Last Name – Runoff Entry” and SAVE.
  • This will then show on the homepage of the Strava App.

Share your results through Strava to: VerdeRiverRunoff@gmail.com

Help!

For assistance with registration, fundraising, or STRAVA – Contact Jeri Higgins, event registrar, at registrar@verderiver.org or call (928) 282-2202.

All other concerns and comments can be directed to Melanie Miles, Events and Outreach Coordinator, at melaniem@verderiver.org or call (928) 451-6860.

Have a question? Click here to see the Virtual Runoff Q&A

A Virtual Race… how?

Given the current state of the country and of Arizona, we need to be innovative and prioritize safety. We aim to provide Arizonians and other Verde River supporters with a challenge: whether it be personal or competitive, we encourage you to get outside and enjoy a day on the water.

Non-competitive registrants will be able to get out on any body of water, anywhere in the world during September 12th through September 20th. Take some photos, challenge yourself, and enjoy time outdoors – in honor of Friends of the Verde River.

Competitive registrants must paddle the 10 miles of the Verde River from White Bridge River Access Point R.A.P. to Beasley Flat R.A.P. and time themselves using a sports tracking app. (we recommend Strava). Your time must be shared to VerdeRiverRunoff@gmail.com by September 20th at 11:59pm.

When is the Virtual Race?

The virtual race will begin on September 12th, 2020 and will continue through September 20th, 2020 

  • Racers must email their fastest time to Friends no later than September 20th @ 11:59pm in order to compete in the race.
  • You may utilize any sports tracking app that tracks your distance, location and time, though we recommend Strava.

When can I start raising funds?

Fundraising will open at 12:01 a.m. on August 12, 2020, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on September 20, 2020.

What do I get for fundraising for Friends?

Your fundraising efforts will be greatly appreciated by the Friends of the Verde River, and will be utilized to best support our mission. However – we have some awesome gifts for those who decide to go above and beyond with fundraising for Friends of the Verde River! Reward items will be announced soon!

How do I support Friends without racing?

  • Thank you so much for your interest! We encourage you to register as a $25 Non-Competitive Registrant – you are not expected to turn in a time, just get out and enjoy the water in honor of Friends of the Verde River!
  • You will also have the opportunity to create your own fundraising page! By sharing your page on social media or with friends and family, you can help to raise money for Friends and earn some awesome prizes in return. 

What is required to participate in the Virtual Verde River Runoff?

  • You must register for the virtual event, as a waiver is mandatory. 
  • We strongly encourage fundraising but it is not required.

Friends of the Verde River envisions a healthy, flowing Verde River and tributaries that support our natural environment, vibrant communities, and quality of life for future generations. Friends is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and cannot operate without your support. By fundraising for Friends, you help continue the important work of protecting our ribbon of green!

When and where will the winners be announced? 

Winners will be announced at our Virtual Awards Party on September 21st, 2020 at 7:00pm PST. Prior to the event, a link will be sent to all registrants’ emails encouraging them to attend, however, attendance is not mandatory.

Need to rent a boat?

Check out these excellent local boat rentals!

  1. Adventure Encounter
  2. Verde Adventures

Racing from Wisconsin? Rent a boat from our partners at KT Kayak Rentals!

Enjoy this video of the Verde River Runoff by Critical Eye Photography – Doug Von Gausig.

Our 2020 Runoff Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to our sponsors for making this year’s Runoff possible!

  1. Salt River Project
  2. Sky Rock Inn of Sedona
  3. KT Kayak Rentals

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