WORLD CLASS OLYMPIC WHITEWATER VENUE. Almost 2 decades in the waitinG, NOW COMPETITION RETURNS ... THE OCOEE RIVER CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE BACK FOR THE SECOND YEAR !
Ocoee River Championships (ORC) - 3 Day Multidiscipline Whitewater Competition on the 1996 Olympic Section.
The second annual Ocoee River Championships (ORC) bring annual whitewater competition back to Ocoee Whitewater Center, a world class Olympic venue. This three-day whitewater event on September 13-15, 2019 will provide live music, regional vendors, and competitions including downriver racing (raft, SUP, canoe, and kayak), slalom racing, freestyle, and squirt boat categories. ORC proceeds support the Ocoee River Basin Foundation 501c3. The ORC will be staged in the Cherokee National Forest, managed by the Ocoee Ranger District of the United States Forest Service.
For our inaugural 2018 event we had 135 athletes participate, resulting in 281 separate entries with many entering multiple boats/events/classes. We had 22 exciting and dynamic raft teams. 30 people competed in Freestyle, and 65 paddlers entered downriver for 78 starts. Boatercross drew 48 paddlers, there were 23 ducky entries, and 20 SUPs. 111 Men participated and 24 talented Women. Help spread the word, lets get more paddlers to the 2019 ORC !
The Ocoee River Basin in Eastern Tennessee has long been a paddling mecca. This scenic area plays backdrop to many diverse people and different industries. The whitewater community brings tourism and elite whitewater enthusiasts to the area with an economic impact of $43 million a year.