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Run Amuck at the Reno River Festival

Kayaks and More in Downtown Reno


Reno River Festival Truckee River Whitewater Park, Nevada

Kayak competition at the Reno River Festival.

Photo © Stan White
Apr 2 2011
The Reno River Festival is one the first big events of the season in Reno / Tahoe, and it's free to attend. The 2009 version will be the 6th annual and as many as 40,000 people are expected to attend. Dates are May 8 through 10. See some of what goes on at my Reno River Festival photo gallery.

Reno River Festival Events

Reno River Festival LLC, the event's owner, brings land based activities to town to complement the whitewater competitions. As always, there will be a large number of vendors offering a variety of goods and services, including food, drink, clothing, and the latest in outdoor products. Several bands will be performing at the Wingfield Park Amphitheater.

Events Schedule: Find out what's happening and when with the Reno River Festival Event Schedule.

Kayaking Competition: Both pro and amateur kayakers will compete in the river's rapids. Look for freestyle and boatercross competitions, along with free whitewater clinics. Paddlers wanting to compete in boatercross can register online at the Reno River Festival registration page, or call (775) 784-9400 x119 for more information.

Run Amuck: Get a partner and enter this newest Reno River Festival event. Run Amuck is 2.5 mile, two person relay run along the Truckee River from downtown Reno to Idlewild Park. The course will include a crawl through a mud pit and more "mystery obstacles" than before. Register your team at the Reno River Festival registration page, or call (775) 784-9400 x119 for more information.

Charity Raft Race: Teams from local businesses race down the Truckee River in the Annual Grubb & Ellis Charity Raft Race. This is always a fun event for both paddlers and spectators. Sponsor donations go to support local charitable organizations. To learn more, call (775) 788-2131.

Entertainment at the Reno River Festival: Reno's West Street Market will be the site of the official kick-off party Friday evening. During the remainder of the event, look for live music at the Wingfield Park Amphitheater, a beer garden and food booths, kayak clinics with pro paddlers, Yoga in the Park, and more.

Truckee River Whitewater Park

The Truckee River Whitewater Park was an immediate hit when it opened in 2004. It created something of a moving park in the heart of the city, providing a place for people to relax, stroll by the water along the Riverwalk, play in the water on hot days, float along on tubes, and kayak the class II - III rapids. It was a significant milestone in the redevelopment of downtown Reno, one that seems to have spurred along numerous other projects along the river corridor.

It's a little confusing, but the Truckee River Whitewater Park is a component of downtown Reno's Wingfield Park. The Whitewater Park was built along and within the Truckee River flowing through Wingfield Park. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably, or put together as the Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield.

Where to Park for the Reno River Festival

You can park at the Parking Gallery in downtown Reno, corner Sierra and First Streets (entrance is from First Street), at Reno High School on Booth Street, and at the McKinley Arts Center on Riverside Drive and Bell Street. Street parking around downtown Reno is metered until 6 p.m. except on Sundays, which is free all day. The Sierra Spirit bus system offers free transportation around the downtown area. Stops are designated by the yellow Sierra Spirit signs along the route.

Street Closures During the Reno River Festival

Several downtown streets will be closed to vehicle traffic at various times during the Reno River Festival, so plan your route accordingly.
  • May 7 - 10: First Street between Roff Way and Stevenson Street, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 7 - 10: Arlington Avenue between Court Street and Second Street, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 9: In addition to the above, First Street between Stevenson and Ralston, approximately 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the Run Amuck race.
Streets outside the closure zone that will get you close to the Truckee River Whitewater Park include Sierra Street, Keystone Avenue, California Avenue, and Second Street.

Reno River Festival Videos

Video clips of kayaking action and the crowd at the Reno River Festival.

Source: Some information in this article was obtained from press releases issued by Betsy McDonald of The Bauserman Group, Reno, NV.

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