Attention all amateur shipwrights and raft-craftspersons alike! Your head is probably already swimming with concepts and blueprints for your team's signature floatation device, but just in case you need a little extra inspiration, we've found some photographic buried treasure: pics of the 2016 raft race have just been discovered! Behold! no ancient mariners these, but modern classics that carv'd a wake in which your crew and craft may follow!
Ahoy Racers and Future Racers and Spectators and Sponsors! We thought you would enjoy a little video recap of the 2017 Rock River Anything That Floats Race event. Check it out and share it with your friends. And, don't forget; it's never too early to get your ship together for this summer's race, happening Sunday, August 12!
Ahoy, mateys! The Rock River Anything That Floats Race steering committee is happy to publish several announcements pertaining to the 2017 race fundraising results as well as formatting news for the upcoming 2018 summer event.
2017 race proceed checks for the other not-for-profit benefactors we support were distributed. The Rockford Fourth of July Committee, Rock River Trail Initiative and Rockford Ski Broncs each received $3,000 checks. Thank you to all the sponsors, racers and volunteers who made 2017’s Rock River Anything That Floats Race a success!
In other news, the Committee announced the creation of a new race category for 2018: Hulled Craft! From canoes to row boats to ski boats to pontoons, teams can use hulls in the creation of a raft, or just decorate a boat in a creative manner as they wish. Hulled boats will compete against each other for speed in their own division and against DIY made-from-scratch rafts in the Judges Choice and Peoples Choice categories. NO motors will be allowed.
Tentative Partial Race Day Schedule
Sunday, August 12th
12:00 Noon Raft Race Begins
3:30 p.m. Duck Drop
4:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Please visit our Rules & Regulations page for information and Registration page to register your raft online today! People interested in volunteering on race day are encouraged to visit our Volunteer page.
Finally, please visit Rock River Anything That Floats Race personnel at the April 13 Rockford IceHogs game to purchase advance Chuck-a-Ducks to support the race and the other not-for-profit organizations we support in turn.
Let’s go, land lubbers and seamen and women alike!
It is time to get your ship together for the 2018 Rock River Anything That Floats Race!
As anyone with their sea legs will tell you, it's never too early to get your ship together for the Rock River Anything That Floats Race, and now is a great time to start dreaming up your entry for the 2018 race, August 12. (Rain date August 19.)
Will you riff off Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy - or Han Solo's Millennium Falcon? Should you make a people-powered paddle wheeler or a pedal-powered prop driven marvel of modern engineering? Or, will you make a hydro-happy, sleek vessel to cut through the waves solely on the energy you and your teammates apply through your paddles or oars? Or will you put a premium on appearance and take your time enjoying a lazy float downstream on a spectacularly cool craft that's not built for speed at all? Get those conceptual wheels turning by checking out images of the rafts of yesteryear (including 2017!)
One thing is for sure: you and your teammates will have fun designing, building and racing your raft, whether you're building it for speed or beauty or both. Please keep your eye on this site for registration information, which will be coming soon!
We can't wait to see you on the river this summer.
Thanks to everyone who made the 2017 Rock River Anything That Floats Race a success! Our second year back saw many instant classic rafts parade downstream to the delight of thousands of fans. Browse through the gallery by clicking on the thumbnails below the main photo. Enjoy the photos and give some thought to the raft you might like to build for the 2018 race next summer. It's never too early to get your ship together!
The Rock River Anything That Floats Race is happy to congratulate the following winners in our 2017 race. Awesome job each and every one of you! Only one raft got swamped and due to the expert seamanship of the contestants (and hot weather), it looked like they actually enjoyed the dip. Of course, Ski Bronc's safety officials were on hand quickly to assist.
Following are the top three finishers in all three categories. We can't wait to see you all again next year. Hope you had fun!Read More
It's race day and time for fun on the river!
Remember to vote for People's Choice for your favorite raft.
Check the Live Race Results once the action starts.
And don't forget to pick up Race T-Shirts and Chuck-a-Ducks (sponsored by the Rockford IceHogs) at the Merch Booths at the Race Starting line, Symbol Parking Lot and the Finish Line at Prairie Street Brewing Co. Chuck-a-Ducks can be purchased up until 2:00pm prior to the Duck Race start, at 3:00pm.Read More
NEW T-SHIRTS LAUNCH ON RACE DAY! CHUCK-A-DUCKS STILL AVAILABLE!
Instant classic, new RRATFR t-shirts styles will be available Sunday on the race course! Visit merch tents at the Symbol Parking Lot and the Finish Line at Prairie Street Brewing Co. You can also purchase Chuck-a-Ducks, sponsored by the Rockford IceHogs up until 2:00PM and you'll be entered to win cash and merchandise prizes. Proceeds to local charities. See you tomorrow!
• 10:00 AM - Sign in starts for all categories (SUP, Kayaks, Canoes, and Rafts)
• 10:30 AM - Sign in ends for SUP, Kayaks, and Canoes
• 11:00 AM - SUP, Kayak, Canoe race starts
• Live Music, Entertainment, Food, and Drinks starting at 11 AM
• 11:30 AM – Raft Race Registration ends
• 12:00/Noon – Anything That Floats Raft Race will begin!!!
• 3:30 - Duck Drop off Whitman St. Bridge
• 4:00 - Awards Ceremony o Raft Race is a time trial. All rafts will not leave launch at one time. Your time will start when your nose goes under the Auburn St. bridge and end when your nose crosses the finish line at Prairie St.
You really floated our boats in 2016, Rockford!
We were overwhelmed by your amazing turnout and support. You cannot imagine how happy we were to see all your smiling faces floating down the rock and standing on her shores. What fun!
Now, it's time to begin planning for year two of what we hope will be decades of adventure. We're pleasede to announce the 2017 Rock River Anything That Floats race will be held August 20, 2017, with a rain date of August 27, 2017. Registration will open on March 1, 2017. Please check back soon for more details.Read More
The Rock River Anything That Floats Race volunteer committee is pleased to post the results of the inaugural 2016 event. There were a few anomalies in our timekeeping performance due in part to the staggered manner in which rafts had to be released.
If you do not see your team name, but know your team number, help a brother (and a sister) out: hit the contact button on this site and email us your info. We’ll update the results with your team name. The same goes for the canoes, kayaks and SUPs, of course.
Next year, we will have our ship together and post results the day of the race. Congratulations to all the winners - and every single person who dipped a toe in the Rock River during this year's race. In our book, you're all winners.
Thanks to everyone who purchased a Rock River Anything That Floats Race t-shirt Sunday, August 21 at our inaugural event. We almost sold out, and it was awesome to see so many people walking around with smiles on their faces and "Paddle Like it's 1999," "Get Your Ship Together" and RRATFR logos on their chests.
Good news; shirts are still available online! So if you missed your chance to pick one up at the race, just click on the link below to visit the store and place your order. Proceeds from shirt sales help the race itself and the charities we strive to support. They make great gifts for friends and family, so get 'em!