Green Race returns for 28th year

Published 12:07 pm Monday, October 23, 2023

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One of the largest kayak races in the world to take place on Nov. 4 at the Green River Narrows


SALUDA—On November 4, over 170 of the world’s best kayakers will compete in The Green Race, one of the largest extreme kayak races in the world. The iconic race, which takes place in the Narrows on the Green River, an approximate 1.5-mile walk from 3851 Green River Cove Rd., will draw roughly 2,000 spectators. 

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With rapids nicknamed “Gorilla” and “Bride of Frankenstein,” the Green Race has a reputation unlike any other, and the course has even humbled Olympic medalists. The race has been called the “Super Bowl of Kayaking.”

This year, to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the event, there will be an epic grand finale, The Royal Gauntlet. The exhibition event will feature the fastest racers in the world testing their skills on a giant slalom course designed by last year’s champions, Adriene Levknecht and Dane Jackson. Their slalom course will utilize their intimate knowledge of the Narrows course. The Royal Gauntlet promises to be a world-class test for all who participate. 

Dane Jackson will again be the favorite in the Green Race, as he looks for his sixth consecutive win. Last year, Jackson broke his own record by surpassing the four-minute milestone with a time of 3:58.68. 

For those wishing to watch the race from the comfort of their own home, visit