Knights of Columbus, Council 7445, Richmond, Texas
P.O. Box 668 Richmond, Texas 77406
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|RACE ON THE BRAZOS 2010
A Great New Opportunity for Canoeing
The Knights of Columbus welcomes you to the Inaugural Knights of
Columbus Race on the Brazos 2010. This is the first canoe race to
be held on the Brazos River in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. While
the distance is approximately 7.3 miles, the race could be a fast one
as well as challenging. It will depend on the height and flow of
the river at the time. There will be a portage and a
land-to-land, start to finish. As the first such race, it is
intended to be a short fun event, an adventure sprint, or a family
outing, either for keen canoe racers or recreational paddlers.
All canoeists are invited to the Knights of Columbus Inaugural Race on
the Brazos 2010.
Access to the Brazos River at the Rosenberg Community Park was made
possible by the Rosenberg City Parks Director who assisted in locating
a suitable launch site which was constructed by the Fort Bend County
Maintenance Department and Commissioner Morrison. The City of
Richmond will be the site of the end of the race. Similar
requirements are necessary to the existing river banks into a smooth
egress from the river.
The end of The Race on the Brazos 2010 is slated to be at the George
Park facilities with an awards ceremony at the Pavilion where a BBQ
lunch will be served to the race participants. The Knights of
Columbus thanks the Commissioner and the cities of Rosenberg and
Richmond for all their assistance in making this race possible.
We want to thank all the organizations that have contributed to this
project, namely, The Fort Bend Economic Development Council, Houston
Wilderness, Fort Bend County officials and maintenance department, and
the Fort Bend Green Initiative.
Canoeists who are interested in participating in this Inaugural Race on
the Brazos are encouraged to complete the Registration form and pay the
entrance fee as soon as possible.
Please see below for full Instructions, Procedures and Rules, and the Registration form.
||1ST SATURDAY AFTER EASTER SUNDAY- APRIL 10, 2010,
ALTERNATE DATE WILL BE APRIL 24, 2010
STARTING AT 8:00 AM
||START AT: ROSENBERG COMMUNITY PARK
FINISH AT: RICHMOND GEORGE PARK
WILL TAKE 2-7 HOURS DEPENDING ON THE
||2 PERSONS PER OPEN, STANDARD CANOE ONLY
||ANYONE 18 YEARS OR OLDER IN GOOD HEALTH
||10 PRIZES from $500 to $50
||$50 EACH REGISTERED PARTICIPANT, 2 EACH PER CANOE, FOR PRIZE
COMPETITORS. HALF FEES FOR FUN COMPETITORS. NO RETURN OF
INSTRUCTIONS & GENERAL INFORMATION
1. Please see below for the official Rules and Procedures before you sign the Registration form.
2. Registration Please complete the attached Registration
form, print in ink, and enter two canoeists for one canoe per form.
3. Types of Competitors Entrants may choose to race for the
prizes or race for fun. Canoeists competing for the prizes and
gifts, called “Prize Competitors”, are limited to 100 canoes.
They will depart before “Fun Competitors” who are not eligible for
prizes or gifts. The number of Fun Competitors’ canoes is limited
to 30 canoes. The entrance fees for Fun Competitors will be half
those for Prize Competitors. The canoeists in each canoe must
both be Prize Competitors, or must both be Fun Competitors.
4. Entrance Fees Per Canoeist
|Pre-registrations - if registration by March 15, 2010, (as per postmark):
|| $50.00 each
|| $25.00 each
|Late registration fee, up to race start:
|| $60.00 each
|| $30.00 each
5. Cancellation and complete return of fees will be allowed in
cases of death, illness with a doctor’s certificate, or call-up to the
armed forces. All other requests for cancellations or return of
fees for most serious occasions must be addressed to the Race
Committee, via the Race Chairman, Andy Bockholt, which may or may not
allow a full or partial return.
6. Canoeists Skill Levels
Please use the codes on the Registration form as follows:
The skill level of a canoe will be assessed as the higher skill level of the two canoeists.
||Beginner or Novice
||Advanced or Expert
7. Mail the form with entrance fees postmarked by March 15, 2010, to qualify as a Pre-Registrant, to:
Knights of Columbus Council 7445
Race on the Brazos 2010
310 Morton Street # 336
Richmond, Texas 77469
8. Fees may be by personal check or money order made payable to ‘Knights of
Columbus Council 7445, Race on the Brazos’, or ‘KC7445 Race on the Brazos’.
9. A receipt will be sent by email to the first canoeist, if possible, if not, to the
second canoeist within one week of receipt. If you do not receive
the receipt, please phone Andy Bockholt at 281-239-2755, or email
10. The entrants’ packages will be available for collection from April 2, 2010, until April 7, 2010 at:
Hausler Paint & Deco Store
814 E. Highway 90A
This is about two thirds of a mile east of the Brazos River and has a
Benjamin Moore paints sign outside. The entrant’s package will contain
maps, Check-in form, numbered bibs depicting the canoe number,
T-shirts. Bring photo ID as proof of entry.
11. On race day, at ‘Check-in’, the following must be available and visible for inspection:
* One canoe and both canoeists
It is important to arrive within the Check-in times listed on the
Check-in form. BBQ tickets will be given to canoeists at Check-in
* Numbered bibs attached to the PFD’s, one on the front for the forward canoeist and one on the back for the rear canoeist
* Supplies as per the Rules
* Equipment as per the Rules
* Check-in sheet as supplied in the entrant’s package
* Photo IDs for each canoeist
* A plastic envelope for the above two items, or equivalent so that the contents are visible to the race officials.
12. After the race is over For your refreshment, KC BBQ will be
served free to canoeists with tickets, and it will be available for a
small charge to all others. Each canoeist will receive two free
13. Penalties may be issued by umpires at the Start, during the race
and at the Finish. For the list of infractions see the
Rules. You will be notified at the time, but you may not hear the
umpire. A record will be available at the Data Table at the
Finish at the Race Committee tent. Protests can be made to the Race
Committee up to 30 minutes after the penalty is posted.
14. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, when prizes and certificates
will be given, one hour after the last Pre-Registered Prize Competitor canoe
finishes, or at 5 o’clock, whichever is earlier.
15. Rain Date
In case of severe weather or dangerous river conditions, this race will be held
on Saturday, April 24, 2010. All other terms, procedures and instructions will
remain the same. You will be informed of this decision by email
first, as early as possible. Please also continue to view
“Special Notices” for any changes.
The organizers reserve the right to cancel this race, in which event
all monies will be returned within a week, or as soon as reasonably
17. Contact us
Andy Bockholt Phone:
PROCEDURES ON RACE DAY
1. The start location is in the Rosenberg Community Park.
There will be signposts to the Start. Canoeists must go to the
“Check-in” station between the times stated on their “Check-in” sheets,
and then to the “Inspection” station as per their Check-in sheets, and
then to the “Line-up” station again as per their Check-in sheets, as
directed by the race officials.
2. Canoes will start at one-minute intervals at the times stated
on their ‘Check-in’ sheets. The first canoe’s start time being
8:01 AM. Your canoe number on your bib will represent your start
time, so that canoe number 38 will start at 8:38 AM. It is the
canoeists’ responsibility to be ready for check-in, inspection and
start at the stated times. If you are later than your allotted
check-in time slot, you may delay your own start. The race start
time for each canoe will be as stated on the check-in sheet, even if
the canoe is late in arriving at the Start. Every effort will be
made to fit late canoeists in as soon as possible.
3. The sequence of starting will be:
1. Pre-Registered, Prize Competitors with advanced skills, followed by
those with intermediate skills, followed by those with beginner skills.
Within each category the canoes will start in the sequence of
registration dates. The skill level attributed to a canoe will be the
skill level of the more skilled canoeist in that canoe.
2. Pre-registered, Fun Competitors, in skill level sequence as above.
3. Late registered canoes in the sequence in which they register.
4. Check-in will consist of checking age and identity of
competitors. A photo ID will be needed for each canoeist. This
must be carried throughout the race until the finish check-in. The
numbered bibs must be worn from Check-in to Finish. The Check-in
form must be stamped by the checking race official. Four BBQ
tickets per canoe will be given at the Check-in.
5. The inspection will consist of checking all the required items
listed in the Rules, that they are within specification, and in good
condition. The check-in form must be stamped by the Inspector.
6. After check-in and inspection, competitors may not leave the
assembly area, except for natural reasons, and nothing may be taken out
of or into the assembly area. Food and water needed before the
race, and during it, are part of the supplies specified as allowed in
the Rules. Restrooms and trashcans are available on site.
One participant must stay with his canoe at all times from Check-in at
the Start to the Check-in at the Finish.
7. Your canoe number, or group of numbers, will be called to the
line-up ten to fifteen minutes before your start time. It is the
canoeists’ responsibility to know the time and their times of line-up
8. Canoeists will move up to each line as directed by race officials.
9. At the start line, five canoes will be lined up, and the time
for each canoe to start will be called out by the Starter. One
canoeist must show the Starter the plastic envelope containing the
check-in form for the canoe to insure that it has the two stamps on it
and the photo ID’s. The start time will be according to a digital
clock in sync with the National Institute of Standards and Technology
in Fort Collins Co. clock. The starter will call out, “Number NN,
ten seconds”. The moment of start will be signaled by the drop of
a flag by the Starter.
10. Canoeists must carry their canoe from the Start line to the water
without any aid other than that supplied by the canoeists and the
supplies that they carry.
11. It is unknown, while planning this event, what the river conditions
will be. The race may be on a swift flowing river, or a rather
stagnant stream; it may be over rapids, or over hidden rocks; it may be
impassible in places that causes portage of the canoe to be
necessary. The known rapids, or rocks, will be marked on the
riverbank, and competitors will be advised of the expected conditions
at Check-in on race day.
12. There will be two drum gates down the course. These must be
navigated around, either clockwise or counterclockwise, without
interference to other canoes.
13. Umpires will be at several spots along the course to check for fair
play, adherence to the Rules, and to adjudicate any problems between
canoes. Umpires can issue penalties, and will try to notify a
concerned canoe at the time. No canoe may touch another canoe, and no
canoeist may touch another canoe or a canoeist of a different canoe.
14. There will be a sign at the end of the race pointing to the landing
where the Finish is. Canoeists must carry their canoes up the
ramp to the Finish Line where they will be video’d to show their
canoe number and the time on a clock that is in sync with the National
Institute of Standards and Technology in Fort Collins Co. clock.
The canoeists will be told their finish time, and it will be
recorded. The finishing times will be available at the Data
Table. If two canoes arrive at the Finish Line at about the same
time, the second canoe will have to wait for the canoe in front of it
to be recorded, as directed by the officials.
15. After crossing the Finish Line as above, the two canoeists must
proceed to an Inspection station, and have their canoe inspected, as at
the start of the race, and have their Check-in form stamped again.
Please unload during your Check-in time and leave the park.
Parking available along streets and in school lot.
Parking in the George Park must be in one of the many designated parking lots. Roadside parking will be ticketed.
1. 2 participants per open, stock standard canoe only, no pro canoes,
minimum length 14’ to maximum length 20’, and 32” minimum width. See
RACE ON THE BRAZOS 2010
2. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and in good health.
3. No kayaks or inflatable/sealed canoes are allowed in the race.
4. A typical canoe may be made of ABS, Polyethylene, Aluminum, fiberglass, wood/canvas, or plastic with adequate flotation.
5. No motors or sails of any kind on or in the canoe, or outriggers
6. There shall be no devices to assist portaging other than carrying
yokes, pads, tunglines, bow and stern lines, supplied by the
7. Safety line of at least ¼” diameter and 6’-10’ length with a
safety loop, attached one each in the bow and stern supplied by the
8. Participants must supply the canoe, all supplies and equipment.
9. All must wear PFD type II or III without repairs that are in
serviceable condition and correct size, approved by US Coast Guard,
from the beginning to the end of the race. Penalty is
10. All must wear their numbered bib visibly and attached to their PFD
depicting their canoe number from Check-in to Finish. Penalty is 15
minutes per time seen.
11. Only standard single-blade paddles allowed. Penalty is disqualification.
12. No paddle holders or secured paddles to canoe or participant at any
time are permitted. One extra single-blade paddle may be attached to
the interior of the canoe. Penalty is disqualification.
13. No jeans or sandals are allowed.
14. Team members must start and finish the race in their original canoe
and equipment, subject to final end-of-race inspection including ID
check out. Penalty from 30 minutes to disqualification.
15. Canoe # assigned must be visible from both sides of the bow, attached by the participants.
16. Participants must wear the Race T-shirt for entire race. 30 minutes penalty
17. Each Race participant must have a whistle or horn to attract assistance.
18. Teams and equipment must be inspected prior to Race starting time.
Any team starting before their assigned time will be penalized 30
19. Teams must make a complete circle around the gate drum. 15 minute penalty.
20. Only race team participants are allowed to portage where necessary
within the banks of the Brazos River. No help is allowed. 30
21. Leaving the riverbed within the banks constitutes withdrawal from the Race.
22. There shall be no device to remove water other than scoops and sponges. 15 minute penalty.
23. Unsportsmanlike conduct including ramming, blocking, pulling,
handling or touching another canoe or equipment, or foul language
directed at officials or competitors is subject to 10 minute penalty up
to disqualification - depending on severity.
24. Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are not permitted at any time
at the race location. Immediate disqualification of the Race.
25. All trash must be disposed of properly. Littering will cost you 5 minutes penalty for each piece.
26. No glass containers in canoes or race site. 5 minutes for each container.
27. All team participants must finish the race by 5:00 pm.
28. Prize Qualification. The canoe and its canoeists must:
a) Be registered race participants, paid in full as Prize Competitors
29. A race official’s decision is final, but a complaint may be made to the Race Committee at the Finish.
b) Comply with the attached Rules and Penalties
c) Finish the race in the shortest time plus penalties
d) Pass all inspections.
Penalties recorded will be available at the Data Table at the Finish.
Protests can be made to the Race Committee up to 30 minutes after the
penalty is posted and before the Awards Ceremony begins.
Canoeists who are interested in participating in this Inaugural Race on
the Brazos are encouraged to complete and mail the Registration Form
from February 1. See any Special Notices first.
Pre-registration closes on March 15. Late registration up to the
start of the race is allowed at an increased fee. You may mail in
a late registration up to April 3 by the postmark, or bring the
registration form to the race on race day up to the time of the last
LATE REGISTRATION ON RACE DAY
AND PACKET PICK-UP
AT ROSENBERG COMMUNITY PARK
Canoeists may register at the start of the race on Race Day between 7:00 and 9:00 AM.
Pre-registered canoeists: When arriving go directly to the Check-in
Station, not the Registration Station, between the times already
specified to you. Those who did not pick up their packets
beforehand may pick them up at the Check-in Station on Race Day between
8:00 and 8:15 AM.
Canoeists registering on the day of the race: Please follow the signs
to the Registration Station to register before going to unload at the
Check-in Station. This may mean parking on the streets or in the
school parking lot beforehand. A Check-in time will be given to
you, with your packet, at the Registration Desk, if you register on the
day of the race.
At check-in time: Canoeists may drive to the unloading station to check
in, or they may carry their canoes to check in. Besides
your canoe, equipment and supplies, please have with you:
Photo ID’s for each canoeist
Your Check-in sheet in a plastic envelope.
Your PFD’s worn over your race T-shirt
Your numbered bibs over your PFD
All canoes set off at different times, one minute apart. Therefore, it is important to keep to your Check-in times.
Prizes will only be awarded to the canoeists who registered and paid as “Prize Competitors”.
The “Finishing Position” is dependent on the canoe’s time from Start to
Finish plus any “Time Penalties”. Some of the penalties are
disqualification, and as such a disqualified canoe cannot be awarded
any prizes, gifts or a certificate.
“Fun Competitors” will not be awarded any prizes.
Any raffle prizes will be given to the canoe number drawn out of the
hat. All Prize Competitors will have one ticket in the hat with
their canoe number on it. No one else may be entered for the
drawing of the raffle.
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Rosenberg, Texas 77469
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|11375 S Sam Houston Parkway West,
Houston, TX 77031
|2256 West Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030
Bob’s Taco Station
Family owned since 1991
1901 Avenue H, Rosenberg, Texas
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21311 Skinner Ridge Lane
Richmond, Texas 77406
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5000 Katy mills Circle, Katy, Texas
All your angling and fishing needs
Recreational Equipment, Inc.
Canoes kayaks camping hiking cycling
Yucatan Mexican Grill
100 Liberty Street
Richmond, Texas, 77469
Frida’s Kahlo Choice at Rancho Grande
City of Rosenberg, Texas
Parks & Recreation Department
City of Richmond, Texas
Fort Bend County
Road & Bridge
This race will aid some of the local charitable organizations in the Richmond/Rosenberg area.
This year’s charitable organizations to be helped are:
Helping Hands, Inc.
|902 Collins Road
Richmond, TX 77469
Pregnancy Resource Center of Fort Bend County
|4203 Ave H, Suite 16
Rosenberg, TX 77471
3425 Hwy 6 Ste. 103
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Educational Scholarships for Universities
14141 Southwest Freeway Suite 1300, Sugar Land, TX 77478
Office: (281) 494-4545 Fax: (281) 494-4550
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The following rental companies may have some canoes available for rent for April 10
Southwest Paddle Sports
The Woodlands, TX 77386
Austin Canoe and Kayak
5822 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77081
|Contrary to everything said in the web site
THE START TIME WILL BE 9:00 AM
Please read the Instructions and Procedures as if it is nine o'clock.
Pre-registered canoeists have already been given their start times which are the same.
|Late Registration on Race Day arrangements are listed after 'Registration'
|Rule 1 further clarification:
A typical carbon/Kevlar "USCA Standard" racing boat is not allowed to
enter this competition. This race is for recreational canoes
Two possible places to rent canoes have been listed under "Canoe Rentals".
|BBQ tickets will be given at Check-in and not sent out earlier
Maps of the Start and the Finish have been added.
|Rule 1 clarification
"open standard canoe only" means stock canoes. USCA pro boats and
ICF-2, while meeting the specs for size, do not meet the spirit of the
|At the suggestion of many
canoeists, we have decided to half the entrance fee across the
board. This also means that the prize money has been halved, only
after we have doubled the number of prizes.
The number of Prize Competitors has been limited to 100 canoes.
There is a slight change to the specification of allowable canoes in that the wording "double-ended" has been dropped.
bib numbers will be worn by canoeists as decals do not stick well to canoes.
|Description of pickup package location better explained.
|Acceptance of registrants will begin on February 1, 2010.