Down River Race


2015 Race Results Here:

Cheat Race Combined Results 2015

2015 Announcements

  • Friends of the Cheat has improved the access roads to Jenkinsburg and Rockville this spring, however continue to use caution on these roads. 
  • If you are setting shuttle for multiple racers using a trailer, contact the race coordinator Kevin Ryan at for information about parking. 
  • Only water will be provided at the take-out
  • Prizes and beer will be available at the post-race party at red The Wilderness Voyagers building in Albright, WV.  We will NOT be providing disposable cups. Please bring your own cup or purchase a Cheat Festival steel pint cup for $10. 
  • Win a DAGGER GREEN BOAT! Raffle Tickets on sale now $5 for 1 Ticket or $20 for 5 Tickets. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Cheat. 

2016 Race Day
Friday, May 6, 2016.

Race Overview

The Cheat River Festival weekend kicks off with one of the largest, if not the largest, mass start downriver races in the country known as the Cheat River “Massacre-ence”. The Race organizes its start about one mile downriver of the town of Albright, West Virginia, at the meeting booth for Laurel Highlands Outfitters. The race course traverses about 10 miles through the Cheat Canyon, dropping at a maximum gradient of 40 feet per mile. All the famous (and infamous) rapids are paddled, including Decision, Big Nasty, High Falls and Coliseum. The front of the pack usually reaches the finish line, Jenkinsburg Bridge, in about 1 hour, depending on water levels while the back of the pack, the slower boats, usually finish up around 1:45 minutes.  After the race, paddlers meet back at the Wilderness Voyagers building in Albright for the Post-Race Party and awards.



ONLINE early registration ($25) will be open on March 23rd, 2015.  You will be able to register using an online form and donate using Paypal just like 2015.  Early registration is cheaper, and we set your selected T-shirt size aside for you. Save even more time by printing and filling out your race waiver before you arrive.

Online Registration Form – CLOSED

Online Registration Paypal Button Link – CLOSED

Race Day Registration ($30 per racer) will be open from 1pm – 4:30pm at the meeting booth for Laurel Highlands Outfitters – same turn as you would make for the Cheat River festival public parking (marked by a banner across Rt. 26).  The booth will be to your left as you proceed down the hill.  Save time by printing and filling out your race registration form and waiver before you arrive:

CR-Registration 2015 Day Of

At registration you will receive a race bib, a T-shirt (as long as they last), and a Cheat Fest entrance wrist band.

The race registration fee includes the ACA event fee indicated on the waiver.  Please include your ACA membership number if you have one!

ACA Event Waivers

ACA Waiver Adult

ACA Waiver Minor

Mass Start

The mandatory pre-race meeting and safety talk will start on the bank of the river at 4:40pm.

After the meeting, all racers will have 10 minutes to get in the water and set up behind the old railroad trestle.  A 1 minute warning horn will sound.   All  paddlers join in a mass start signified by one long horn around 5:00pm.


Unfortunately, shuttle is NOT available for racers (See notice from 2013 for details: Attention Cheat Canyon Racers Re Shuttle).  Racers are encouraged to car pool because parking is limited.  Race organizers will help direct parking in the afternoon at Jenkinsburg.  Please use caution while driving on Bull Run Road.  To see last years effort to improve the road: CLICK HERE .

After Party

The After Race Party and Awards will start around 9pm at the Wilderness Voyagers outfitter building in Albright (at the junction of Coal Lick Road and Rt. 26 next to Cheat Canyon Campground).  Race results and awards will be announced at the party.  Free beverages will be available.  Food will be for sale.

Cheat Race Registration Map


Race Results will be posted at this webpage on Saturday morning and printed results will be posted at the Cheat River Festival.

2014 Race Recap

2013 Race Recap

2012 Race Recap


Down River Race Sponsors

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