Sat October 2, 2021 Summerville, SC 29485 US
Presented by Jay Byars and Mortgage Equity Partners
Countdown to Race Day
Ashley River Park
200 Renken Rd
Summerville, SC US 29485

      Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 in our region and the prospect for improved circumstances later in the year, the 2021 Ashley River Adventure Race will now be held on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021. As in past postponements, all "on the books" registrations and Inn at Middleton stays will automatically transfer. Please contact us for refund requests.  We will reopen remaining registration slots on August 2nd.

This unique race will feature a 5k +/- trail run at the brand new Ashley River Park, an 8-mile downriver paddle, a post-race party at the Inn at Middleton Place and a Fun Float (no running; untimed; you paddle your boat with everyone else) for those that want to participate in a more leisurely manner.  As always, post party tickets are available for your friends, family, and general spectators.

We do not provide your kayak or SUP.  Bring your own, or make it super easy on yourself by renting from Edisto River Adventures who will meet you at the race start with your boat and pick it up from you as soon as you finish at the Inn.  Cost is $35 for boat rental and all gear.  Contact ERA at 843-695-8146 or email at
Single night rooms stays at a deeply discounted rate are also available to participants by booking directly through the Inn.  $150+tax per night gets you a river view queen room for stays during race weekend, between 9/30/21 and 10/4/21.  The deal even includes admission to the gardens next door ($88 value!) and there is an amazing restaurant on site! Use code ARAR2021 when you book your room at  All bookings under this code will be cross-referenced with the race registration list to ensure eligibility.
Event Schedule:
Will be updated after details and logistics are finalized.
Race Categories:
Individual, Relay (1 participant runs then different participant paddles), and Tandem (both participants paddle a tandem kayak and both participants must run and finish race together), SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Individual or Relay. *Categories may be adjusted based on participants.
Awards and Prizes - Age Groups: Under 29, 30-44, 45-59, 60 & Up
Top Two per age age group Male/Female Solo Finishers
Top Two All Male Team Relay Finishers
Top Two All Female Team Relay Finishers
Top Two Mixed Male/Female Team Relay Finishers
Top Two All Male Team Tandem Finishers
Top Two All Female Team Tandem Finishers
Top Two Mixed Male/Female Team Tandem Finishers
Top Two Male/Female SUP Finishers
Top SUP Relay Team Male/Female/Mixed Finishers
All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
All paddlers are required, in accordance with SC State Law, to wear a personal floatation device at all times throughout the paddle and to carry a whistle. If any racer is found on the water without their PFD, they will be disqualified from the race.
Fun Float
The Fun Float is a great way to experience the racing action and the beautiful Ashley Scenic River first-hand, but at a more leisurely pace.  Fun Floaters shove of at the paddle course start prior to the racers and take their time paddling downriver to the Inn at Middleton Place where they participate in all the party festivities.  Event shirts are not included in the fun float registration fee.  To receive a shirt you must select it as an add-on during registration. Fun floaters 12 and under are free.  This is not a 'tubing' type float.  You must paddle a kayak, canoe or SUP to make it downriver to the takeout before the tide changes.
Post-Race Party and Chick-fil-A Dorchester Road Awards Ceremony:
One ticket to the post-race party at the Inn at Middleton Place is included in your race and fun float registration. Additional party attendees ages 13 and over must purchase party tickets in advance. These tickets are also available on this site. Post-race party ticket includes BBQ, beer/wine, entertainment, lawn games and the Chick-fil-A Awards Ceremony right at the race finish.  Admission to Middleton Plantation is not included in your registration fee, but can be purchased separately should you wish to tour the grounds. 
Shuttle Details:
Details will be updated.
Race Shirts
A race shirt IS included with each racer registration. A race shirt IS NOT included in the fun float registration. Fun Float participants must select and pay for a shirt as an add-on during registration to receive one.  
Race Contact Info

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5K Trail Run through the Future Ashley River Park




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8 Mile Paddle Down the Ashley River


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