12TH Annual FOLAR Paddle-or-Battle

Welcome paddlers of all levels for a fun paddle or a competitive race
in your canoe, kayak, or SUP!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Come out and paddle to preserve the Appomattox River


Check-in and Shuttle begins at 7:45 AM
2-mile Short Paddle and 10-mile Leisure Paddle

NEW – Hopewell Rec & Parks Guided 10-Mile Course-includes kayak/all equipment rental!

Leisure Paddle Start – 9:00 – 9:30AM
Race Start – 10:00AM
Lunch and Trophy Activities – 12Noon 1:30PM

Register now for the best paddling event of the year on the Appomattox River. Includes shuttle, breakfast snacks, picnic lunch, T-Shirt, and racing awards!

2-Mile Course option –  flat water, easy up-and-back paddle. 9:30AM start at Hopewell Marina near the convergence with the James River turnaround at Anchor Point Marina and paddle back to Hopewell. Drive yourself to Pocahontas Island Park for lunch and award program.

10-Mile Self-guided Course begins at Hopewell City Marina  with the finish at historic Pocahontas Island in Petersburg. The entire route is flat water in the tidal section of the river. The incoming tide is expected for the event. Buoys, mile markers, and monitor boats will be out along the course.

SOLD OUT! – 10-Mile Guided Route with Hopewell Rec & Parks includes kayak and all equipment rental

All Leisure Paddles Begin: 9:30AM  

10-Mile Race begins at Hopewell City Marina with the finish at historic Rotary Pocahontas Island Park in Petersburg.

Race Start Time: 10AM.  Best time to beat is 1 hour, 39 minutes!

First Place Racing Awards for categories: Under 50 Male and Female and for Over 50 Male & Female. Trophy presentation at the finish is at noon.

Click Here for Paddle Course Map

Start Location: Hopewell Marina,
1051 Riverside Ave, Hopewell, VA 23860

Finish: Rotary Park Pocahontas Island, 181 Rolfe St., Petersburg VA 23803

All participants are required to complete LIABILITY WAIVER. Parental signature required for all persons under 18 years of age. Under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Properly worn PFD’s are required.

Limited number of event day kayak rentals are available, $20 each. Call Richard, 804-490-8143, to reserve.

TRANSPORTATION: Shuttle will run to and from the start and finish, 7:45AM – 9:00AM from Petersburg to Hopewell – and 12:15PM – 2:00PM


Option #1: Drop your boat at the Hopewell Marina in the morning. Drive to Pocahontas Island to park and take shuttle back to Hopewell to start your paddle.

Option #2: Park in Hopewell at the launch/registration site. At the finish in Petersburg, a shuttle will return you and your kayak or canoe to Hopewell.

Option #3: You can also leave a second vehicle at the Pocahontas Island site and proceed to Hopewell (for the start) with your canoe/kayak/SUP.


$25 per adult 18 & over; $20 under 18, Students, and Active Duty/Retired Military
Day of Event Registration: $35 per adult; $30 under 18, Students, and Active Duty Military
GUIDED course – $45 per adult 18 & over; $40 under 18, Students, and Active Duty/Retired Military – Pre-registration required.


Battle or Paddle registrants receive a T-shirt, breakfast snacks and picnic lunch.

Thank you to our co-sponsor, Hopewell Recreation & Parks!

Thank you to our Boat Safety sponsor Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Same day just down the road from the Paddle-or-Battle Finish-line in Historic Petersburg!

Event proceeds support FOLAR river conservation and stewardship programs along the Appomattox River.