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Press Release: Rivanna River Fest 2019

Post Date:03/14/2019 12:28 PM
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Jill Greiner
Water Conservation Program Coordinator, City of Charlottesville
March 14, 2019

First Annual Spring Rivanna RiverFest is May 11

Registrations for Fix a Leak Family 5K and Rivanna River Race are open now!

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Local community groups are working together to host the first annual spring Rivanna RiverFest on Saturday May 11. This will be a family-friendly event down at the Rivanna River with lots of activities happening throughout the day.

Events will start at 10 am with the Fix a Leak Family 5K starting at the City’s Riverview Park and the Rivanna River Race starting at the Route 29 Bridge at Rio Mills Road. Both will finish at Darden Towe Park’s Boat Launch, where there will be lots of community groups and entertainment to enjoy down by the river until 1 pm.

Registration for both events are open now and will guarantee you a Rivanna RiverFest event t-shirt with your registration. Registration for Fix a Leak Family 5K is $20 for adults and $15 for youth (age 16 or under). This is a family-friendly race along the Rivanna River where you are once again asked to help stop the running toilet!


The Rivanna River Race’s registration is $30 for one person, $40 for a 2-person boat, and $5 for kids 12 and under. Racers will paddle 6.2 miles down the Rivanna River to Darden Towe Park. All registration prices will go up on April 26th and you will not be guaranteed a t-shirt after this date, so register now! Please note that parking is only available at Darden Towe Park. Transportation will be provided to 5K and River Race participants to their respective starting locations from Darden Towe Park. Spectators and anyone interested in attending Darden Tow Park based Rivanna RiverFest events should plan on parking at Darden Tow Park.

In addition, Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center will be hosting a special event to showcase the Rivanna River, called Underwater Photography, at Darden Towe Park. During the afternoon, you can make your way (including by boat) to Rivanna River Company for the Rivanna River Fest Celebration where there will be music, food, and fun for the whole family from 12 – 5 pm.

The Rivanna RiverFest is bringing the community together to focus on the Rivanna River and the area’s water supply. In addition, the Fix a Leak Family 5K is bringing attention to keeping our water supply more sustainable through Charlottesville’s Fix a Leak campaign where the community is asked to check, twist, and replace:

CHECK for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures.

TWIST and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.

REPLACE the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models. These models are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

“The Rivanna River is a focal point in the Charlottesville and Albemarle community,” said Jill Greiner, City of Charlottesville’s Water Conservation Program Coordinator. “We hope this event brings new and returning people and families to the river to enjoy a day together celebrating one of our community’s most essential resources, water. We can’t wait to see you on the river!”

More information about the Rivanna RiverFest and full scheduled events can be found here:

You can register now for the Fix a Leak Family 5K here:

You can register now for the Rivanna River Race here:

Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting or (434) 970-3182.
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