Dallas Downriver Club

Kayak Paddles

TRC for 2020 has been CANCELLED, Again

Sadly, the boat launch area at McInnish Park and its access road sustained damage due to the flooding the last few years. As a result the area has only been open to the public sporadically pending repairs. We cannot get a guarantee from the City of Carrollton or the City of Dallas on if it would be open if we set a race date much less when it will permanently re-open or when the needed repairs will be made, so we have little choice than to cancel TRC XX again and hope for better news in 2021.  Fear not, the TRC is not permanently gone. It will return, someday.


The Trinity River Challenge is an 11.8 mile paddlesport race held every September to raise money for the river related causes that the DDRC supports. The race course is a stretch of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River between Carrollton and Lewisville, Texas.

Originally, the race was run from the bottom of Lewisville Dam to McInnish Park in Carrollton, but due to the security issues of the post-9/11 era, the DDRC was not able to gain access to the property below the Dam for several years, so the race is now run as an up and back race starting and finishing at McInnish Park. After realizing how much easier staging the race was, and considering that it is as easy paddling upriver as downriver, it has remained an up-and-back race since 2001, and it benefits competitors and spectators as much as it does club member volunteers who organize, produce and staff this event. DDRC also has added a longer race of 20 miles for the USCA class boaters and a shorter race of 5.5 miles for juniors. the longer race going up to the SH 121 Business overpass, and the shorter race going up to the IH 35 bridge and back.

The race has grown in popularity and participation over the last few years and now has an average participation of close to 150 paddlers each year.

For their entry fee and participation, the racers receive a Trinity River Challenge T-shirt, a goody bag containing various free items from the race sponsors, and a hot lunch. T-shirt quantities are limited, so anybody registering early will be guaranteed a T-shirt, and the remaining quantities will be made available to registrants on a first come basis.

Racers compete in a wide range of boat classes in the men's, women's and mixed divisions from solo recreational kayak or canoe out for a day of fun on the river all the way to the USCA type racing boats who are currently trying to run the course in less than one hour and thirty minutes. Special awards are also given for the fastest times by age groups and the overall fastest time.

Rental canoes and/or kayaks are available from:

Trinity River Kayak Co. 

Trinity River Expeditions 214-941-1757


TRC XV Race Logo


Save The Date For

  Trinity River Challenge XX 


Come join us as we celebrate the TRC's 20th anniversary!


Thank You For Supporting TRC XIX

 2014 Result Highlights

New Under 2 Hour Club Additions

Brady Lotz   1:54:24

Rodney Rice 1:54:35

Scott Weinert 1:56:56

Julie Basham Award

Heather Cousson  2:52:58

G. Eric Rounsefel Award

Brady Lotz 1:54:24

Brian O. Lisle Award (20 Mi.)

Svend Fruit 3:43:11

Boat Raffle Winner 

Shari Withey


Kayak Paddles

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Last updated June 22, 2014