Rules, regs and website ready for Raft Race return

Staff Report 

The Rock River Anything That Floats Race (RRATFR) is building for its big return this year, and so is the website providing construction information for participants and guests prepping for the Aug. 21 event.

“More than just an homage to the incredibly popular WROK/ZOK sponsored raft races of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s – the all new Rock River Anything That Floats Race will be a brand new tradition for new generations of Rockfordians to love and experience,” say the race’s organizers at

“Bring your picnic baskets or enjoy concession served by local City Market vendors at the Symbol parking lot just south of the Auburn Street bridge, the Nicholas Conservatory and on the grounds of the Prairie Street Brewhouse all day long.”

Registration is $100 for rafts and only $15 for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards. Participants can register right on the RRATFR website. Entries must be received by Aug. 1

A captains’ meeting is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St. to go over specific rules and regulations of the event. A social hour will follow at the Dockside Taproom.

The 1.65 miles ends at the Prairie Street Brewhouse. The scenic course offers a variety of viewing options for the thousands of spectators who will attend, including the Auburn Street Bridge, the Whitman Street Bridge and along the Rock River Recreation Path.

All proceeds will benefit the Rockford Fourth of July and Holiday Lighting efforts, the Rock River Trail Initiative and the Ski Broncs.

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