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TRC for 2016 has been CANCELLED, Again

Due to the heavy spring rains and the high levels of Grapevine, Ray Roberts and Lewisville Lakes, the Trinity River in Carrollton will be running at very high levels for the next 60 to 90 days according the the Corps of Engineers. The River is not expected to be low enough to safely run the TRC until some time in October at the earliest. The tight schedule of races around the state does not allow us to select another date without overlapping other scheduled races or scheduled DDRC trips and events. Since we want the 20th running of the TRC to be a special event featuring as many past winners and Under 2 and 3 Hour Club members, we have decided to cancel the 2016 event and plan for 2017.


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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


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Save The Date For

    Trinity River Challenge XX     Saturday September 9, 2017

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


Thank You For Supporting TRC XIX

Complete 2014 Results are now available on the Results Page

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



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