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Get Ready For The First L.A. River Boat Race

Kayaking the Los Angeles River (Photo by houze via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
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We thought paddling down the L.A. River in a kayak was already pretty cool, but now there's an actual race between kayakers, canoeists and paddleboarders in the works.

The first annual L.A. River Boat Race will take place on August 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. along a 3/4-mile stretch of the Glendale Narrows. Folks of different skill and age levels can compete in different categories in hopes of getting "glory," as the event-planners are saying, and some swag.

LA River Expeditions is putting on the event and asking for suggested $40 donations for kayaking if you're bringing your own equipment or $60 if you need to rent theirs. The suggested donations for canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding is $40.

You can purchase tickets here. Also, save Sept. 1 as a backup date in case the event is rained out on August 30.