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Great River Race promises fun

INDEPENDENCE -- Been looking for a good excuse to get your kayak or raft out on the river? Listen up.

August 07, 2012

INDEPENDENCE -- Been looking for a good excuse to get your kayak or raft out on the river? Listen up.

The Great Willamette River Race will take place on Saturday, with its main launch point at the docks at Independence's Riverview Park and Amphitheater.

The rules are fairly simple: bring a raft, a kayak, canoe, homemade raft, inner tube or other non-motorized watercraft and float your way down the Willamette to Wallace Marine Park in West Salem.

The event began in the late 1970s to celebrate river cleanup efforts and was revived last year. It's sponsored by the National Exchange Club, Willamette Valley Television and Retro Television.

Registration for walkups and check-in for previously registered crafts begins at 8 a.m. near the boat launch at the park. Different classes of rafts will be released into the water every half hour.

There is no cost to participate, but you must also fill out an accident waiver and rule agreement, both of which are available for download at willametteriverrace.com.

For more information: Gale Francis, 503-580-0425; www.willametteriverrace.com.