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Discounted Prices available online until May 6th, 2019, all prices increase for day-of registration (+$10/person)

Please select either 1, 2, or 3 events for Downriver, Slalom, and Rodeo/Freestyle events (you will select which ones during checkout), Family Race, and/or Raft race. If you are registering for the morning events and the family race or raft race, you will need to add each to your cart and fill out separate registration forms.

For the AM Downriver race you will only be able to select one discipline (kayak long, kayak short, canoe, or SUP). The afternoon race is Raft only.

All racers must either: A) be ACA members (bring your member number to the race) or B) pay the $5 day-of insurance fee per person for non-ACA members. Only one day-of insurance is required for a non-ACA member regardless of how many events you register for. Sign up to become an ACA Member!

All racers must complete and sign a liability waiver at the registration table when checking in. Check in will close 15 minutes prior to the first race and will only re-open for the raft race in the afternoon.

All racers must agree to our race safety policies including the proper use of all required safety equipment.

There will be zero tolerance for any drug or alcohol use, or suspicion of use, before or during the races. Use of drugs or alcohol before or during the races will result in immediate disqualification. You will not be allowed to launch your craft or participate in a group event. You will not receive a refund.

Celebrating 62 Years of
Mother's Day Whitewater Races

The Mother’s Day Races were founded in the 1950’s by Los Alamos paddle boater and LANL employee, Jim “Stretch” Fretwell.  After competing at Colorado’s FiBark for many years, Stretch decided to start a paddle race closer to home on the Rio Grande, now known as the Pilar Racecourse.  The races were supported by Los Alamos’s Explorers: Post 20, The Atomic City Citizens Band Radio Club, The Los Alamos Fire Department to name a few.  By the late 1960’s, an estimated 2000 spectators leap frogged their way downstream on Highway 68 to watch rafts and kayaks twist and turn through the whitewater.

Stretch eventually handed it over to the Adobe Whitewater Club who valiantly ran the races for over thirty years until they handed it over to NMROA in 2008.  This year, NMROA and the Adobe Whitewater Club are working together to expand the races and welcomes spectator, racer and sponsor enthusiasm and support!


(all photos by Britt Runyon)


Friday May 10

4:00pm | Campground Opens

7:00pm | Dutch Oven Cook Off (Dishes Ready at 7pm!)


Saturday May 11

8:30am | Volunteer Meeting

9:00-9:45am | Day-Of Registration

10:00am | Downriver Races Start (Long/Short Kayak, SUP, Canoe)

11:30am | Slalom Races Start (Kayak, Canoe, SUP)

1:00pm | Downriver Rodeo/Freestyle (location TBD based on flows)

3:00pm | Family Race

5:00pm | Downriver Race Start (R4/R6)

7:30pm | Awards and After Party

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Sunday May 12

9:00am | Community Racecourse/Taos Box Paddle

11:00am | Kayak New Mexico Adaptive Paddling Program

The 2018 Mother’s Day Racers persevered through low-water conditions and tough competition in all categories.