2019 Cancelled

The 2019 Verde River Runoff was cancelled due to extreme flows on the Verde River since the beginning of 2019, the high flows and continuing fluctuations have made it impossible to ensure that the race course would be clear and safe for our 150 boaters. First and foremost in this decision is the safety of all event participants including boaters, guides, and volunteers.

We consult with our partners at the Coconino and Prescott National Forests and Copper Canyon Fire Department to ensure that our race course is safe and fun for all level of boaters.

We have already started planning for the 2020 Verde River Runoff
to be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020.


Our Safety Team is comprised of local paddlers with varying backgrounds, from professional rescuers to seasoned river enthusiasts, all with extensive knowledge of the Verde River. With varying backgrounds and skills, the Team trains together before each season’s event, and are able to combine the techniques to create a comprehensive and solid Safety Set Up for the Race!

Click the links below for additional information.

Safety Tips                    Directions                   Race Day Information

Need to rent a boat?

Click here to rent a single or tandem inflatable kayak.

Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival

Verde River Runoff Awards are presented at the Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival after the race.

Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival is a two-day festival celebrating the springtime beauty of Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley’s rich Native American history, the largest original historic fort in Arizona, and the one-of-a-kind Wild & Scenic Verde River–the last river in Arizona to flow year-round for its entire length. This event is for all-ages, with live music, 40 vendors, and activities for kids on the Community Field, in Camp Verde’s historic downtown.

Enjoy this video of the 2016 Verde River Runoff by Critical Eye Photography – Doug Von Gausig.

2018 Runoff Race Award Results

Click on the links below for a pdf on all race results.

Men’s Solo Hard Shell      Women’s Solo Hard Shell   All Tandem Hard Shell       Men’s Solo Inflatable      Women’s Solo Inflatable      All Tandem Inflatable      Stand Up Paddle Board      All Canoes

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