There will be NO onsite registration on race day. Please follow the Webscorer link at the bottom of this page. Online registration begins August 1, 2019 and ends September 25, 2019. You must register at least 2 weeks prior to race day to guarantee your event shirt.
The race will begin at 10:00am at the Bayou D'arbonne Boat Ramp on Bayou D'arbonne Drive, West Monroe, LA. After dropping off your paddle craft at the boat ramp, please drive to Trapp's on the River at 113 South Riverfront St in West Monroe (about a 15 minute drive). Park in the parking lot across the street from Trapp's, toward the back if possible. We hope to have a shuttle for racers from this parking lot back to the starting line, but you may need to plan for your own transportation.
Trapp's, 113 South Riverfront St., West Monroe, LA Join us at Trapp's for the after party! Food, fun, and frosty cold beverages await you at the finish line while you enjoy the awards presentations and a live band!
Friday, September 27, 2019, from 6:00-7:30pm at Trapp's Restaurant, 113 Riverfront St. West Monroe, LA
We received a grant from the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Center for advertising. We must show where our overnight, out of town guests stayed to fulfill our end of the contract, so please let us know!
Book your stay at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites (318)807-6000
603 Constitution Dr. 1 King $99
West Monroe, LA 71291 2 Queens $103
Ask for the River Rat Paddle Challenge group rate/Event 311. Complementary breakfast is included.
The Speedy Gonzales Award goes to the River Rat Pack team that is able to finish the course in the fastest time. Time will be calculated on the third member of each team's time as they cross the finish line.
The "I Smell A River Rat" Award goes to the Rat Pack team that captures the spirit of the Ouachita River Rat: a helping of camaraderie, ecclectic theme, with just a dash of full-blown crazy!
The BIG CHEESE Award goes to the Rat Pack with the largest number of team members participating.
River Rat Sponsor Mark Elliott, Jr. of H2Go! was honored as the Louisiana Delta Adventures Paddler of the Year.
Louisiana Delta Adventures announced at the River Rat Paddle Challenge this weekend, the 2018 Northeast Louisiana Paddler of the Year award.
In the early 1970's through the 80's paddling in Northeast Louisiana was in the form of canoeing. At one time, there were active outfitters in North Louisiana, but by the early 90's there were none, if any, organized paddling opportunities or organizations. In early 2000, the only notable active outfitter in the state of Louisiana was in South Louisiana.
But Mark Elliott Jr had a vision. He and his brother started H2Go when there was no paddling outfitters or general interest in the area in 2016. They started with one SUP Brand and have now grown into 2 SUP and 2 Kayak brands (all 4 winning major awards for quality and innovation) with 5 major clothing lines and other outdoor enthusiast equipment and accessories.
H2Go has also taught hundreds of people how to paddle at free events and demos. Their guided river tours have led to many board and kayak sales and offer a different way to view Ouachita parish’s natural and downtown city beauty. Their innovative “BayouFit” classes have been full to capacity at each class. H2Go has become an integral part of the downtown arts and culture. They have attended council meetings, art crawls, nature programs/events, water clean-up projects all to create interest and bring more people into the paddling community. Mark himself has been an instrumental part of creating the River Rat Paddle Challenge and it's success.
Mark Elliott, Jr. has taken H2Go from a dream with his brother after buying their first Bōte Paddle Board to the most respected outdoor outfitter in northern Louisiana. We recognize Mark Elliott, Jr. as the Northeast Louisiana Paddler of the Year! Congratulations Mark Elliott, Jr!