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 featuring barbeque beef brisket and all the trimmings. 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:
High Trails Outfitters in Garland. Call 972-272-3353 to make reservations and arrange pick-up.
Cajun Kayak Instruction in Crowley. Call 817-538-0571 or 817-538-0559 to make reservations and arrange pick-up.
REI in Farmers Branch. Call 972-490-5989 to make reservations and arrange pick-up.
Some canoes and/or kayaks MAY be available for rent at the starting line on September
21, but no guarantee of availability is made. Advanced reservations are strongly advised to guarantee availability of a rental canoe or kayak.