The Bright Spot: South Fork Sampler

It’s officially spring and that means more time outdoors and more time on the water! This week’s Bright Spot took us to the banks of the South Fork River in McAdenville where the South Fork Sampler will challenge all to get moving! The newest adventure race where you can bike, run or kayak will have timed checkpoints along the South Fork basin. Adam Bratton, the organizer of the race says this event by Human Powered Movement is open to anyone at any fitness level and encourages all to come out for a fun day of activities. Here’s a video explaining more about what an adventure challenge is. All proceeds from the race go to the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation – a local member and volunteer group that educates and protects the 26 county Wateree-Catawaba river basin. Registration ends March 30. You can find out more information on how to sign up here

The races will begin and finish at the Catawba Riverkeepers Boathouse in McAdvenville, which is located at 115 Willow Drive off of I-85. The Boathouse is open year-round and offers a spot off the banks of the river where you can pull up your kayak and end a day of biking or running by having a bite or beer. In fact, the goal of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is to ‘sustain plentiful clean drinking water for generations to come. All the beers on tap are from local breweries and are made up of 95% drinking water.

Beginning April 3, they will be offering kayak rentals and lessons for those wanting to learn how to paddle. There will also be half-day trips along the Catawba offered later in the spring. You can find out more information about the Boathouse, rentals, and excursions here.