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Riverbank Marina, FLOW Stand Up Paddle, and Crawdads on the River have teamed up again to bring Sacramento the third annual Paddle 4 DART fundraising event benefiting the Drowning Accident Rescue Team (D.A.R.T). As in the past, this exciting fundraiser will be centered on two stand up paddleboard events – a Solo Race Course and the Team Relay Event, both taking place on the Sacramento River!

To date, Paddle 4 DART has raised over $50,000 for the Drowning Accident Rescue Team (D.A.R.T) helping them fund their efforts and also allowing them to purchase not just one, but TWO new rescue Sea-Doos! We look forward to topping $60,000 this year.

Quick Info

What: Paddle 4 DART, a Stand Up Paddle Board race and relay event

Beneficiary: Drowning Accident Rescue Team (D.A.R.T)

When: Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Where: Crawdads on the River at Riverbank Marina

Registration: Opens April 2017st on Eventbrite


Solo Race Course start: 9 AM

Team Relay Event start: 11 AM


New This Year

  • Beginners One Mile Race
  • Kids Relay Event
  • Individual Relay Sign Ups
  • Costume Prizes


Race #1- 9:00


Kicking off the event is a Solo Race Course that will start and end in front of Crawdads. The 4-mile racers will go first, followed shortly thereafter by our beginner participants. Beginners will paddle the 1-mile loop a single time, while the 4-milers will paddle it 4 times for a total distance of approximately 4 miles. The course will have numerous buoy turns and obstacles making it fun, unique for participants, and exciting for viewers.  

  • $30 registration
  • All participants receive an event t-shirt and box lunch
  • Boards not provided for the Solo Race Course. FLOW Stand Up Paddle has a limited number of boards that may be reserved before race day by contacting FLOW directly.
  • Board dockage behind secure gates provided after race


Race #2 – 11:00

TEAM RELAY EVENT - 4 person teams

The Relay Event is a fun and entertaining event for all! The course will be located right in front of Crawdads providing an awesome view for spectators to cheer on their favorite teams. Participants will start at the accommodation dock, make a rectangle around 4 buoys, then paddle back to the dock to switch to the next team member. Each team member will paddle the course once for a total of 4 laps.

  • $140 registration per team
  • All participants will receive a t-shirt and box lunch
  • Teams of 4 will compete in assigned heats of 4 teams (total of 16 participants per heat)
  • Heats organized based on experience level. Teams will be able to choose their experience level during registration.
  • Individual relay sign ups available during registration. Just register as an individual relay participant ($35) indicating your level and time preference, and we will assemble the teams. You will get confirmation of your team members and contact information in advance
  • You do not need your own board to participate! FLOW will be providing all boards and lifejackets. There will be ONE board for each team of 4.
  • There will be 3 rounds/start times (11 AM, 12 PM, 1:30 PM). Teams will be able to select their preferred start time during registration. Teams with members participating in the Solo Race Course will be given priority to the first 2 rounds.
  • Costumes encouraged! We will be awarding Crawdads on the River gift cards to the most festive and creative. Dress for fun, but remember to keep it safe. The river will be running high and fast.


Race #3 – 12:30  


New this year is a Kids Relay for 10-16 years of age. Kids will register individually to participate and we will assign teams of 4 together to compete in the relay. We will provide size appropriate life jackets and modify the course to a shorter out and back for this heat. The DART safety boats and SeaDoos will be closely following paddlers to ensure safety for all. The Kids Relay will take place midway through the Team Relay Event, around 12:30 PM.

  • $20 registration
  • All participants will receive a t-shirt and box lunch
  • 10 – 16 years of age. Older than 16 may compete on a regular relay team.

Event Beneficiary

The Drowning Accident Rescue Team (D.A.R.T) is an all-volunteer organization that promotes water safety and education in the Sacramento area. This dedicated group of volunteers is on-call 24/7 for emergency water rescues and recoveries.  We are proud to be supporting this organization again. D.A.R.T. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We are proud to be supporting this organization.


LOCATION: Crawdads on the River at Riverbank Marina


* Click on red marker for directions.

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