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All About the Great Alabama 650
650 Miles of Paddling in 10 Days: September 21 - October 1, 2024
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The Biggest Canoe, Paddle Board, & Kayak Race in the U.S.

These paddlers test their strength, endurance, and mental fortitude in the longest and toughest paddle race in the country. This epic adventure takes racers along the core section of the Alabama Scenic River Trail—at 650 miles, it’s the longest river trail in a single state. From rushing whitewater to the ambling river delta, the race will challenge even the most experienced paddler. It’s sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t soon forget!

Want to be a sponsor of the race? Contact ASRT at or use our Contact form Here.

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Race Overview

Each autumn, racers have 10 days to complete the original 650-mile core section of the ASRT, which stretches from Weiss Lake in the Northeast corner of Alabama down to Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay. Whether by canoe, kayak, or paddle board, the racers’ skills will be put to the ultimate test along Alabama’s most diverse, beautiful, and challenging waterways. This event is as much a race against each individual’s strength of will as it is a race against other boaters.

Prize purses of $2,000 each are awarded across three categories: Male Solo, Female Solo, and Two-Person Tandem. Since the inaugural race of 2019, our athletes have earned worldwide recognition for their strength, endurance, and skill.

Past Winners of the Great Alabama 650

Male Solo Winners

  • 2023: Trey Reaves (6 days, 1 hour, 31 minutes)
  • 2022: Bobby Johnson (6 days, 6 hours, 15 minutes)
  • 2021: West Hansen (5 days, 19 hours, 9 minutes – RECORD TIME)
  • 2020: Bobby Johnson (6 days, 3 hours, 51 minutes)
  • 2019: Bobby Johnson (7 days, 8 hours, 1 minute)

Female Solo Winners

  • 2023: Salli O’Donnell (6 days, 6 hours, 40 minutes)
  • 2022: Salli O’Donnell (6 days, 11 hours, 28 minutes)
  • 2021: Salli O’Donnell (4 days, 22 hours, 39 minutes – RECORD TIME)
  • 2020: Salli O’Donnell (6 days, 5 hours, 7 minutes)
  • 2019: Salli O’Donnell (7 days, 15 hours, 19 minutes)

Two-Person Tandem Team Winners

  • 2023: Matt Taylor & Myles Sumerlin (7 days, 3 hours, 9 minutes)
  • 2022: Trey Reaves & Jim Lewey (8 days, 1 hour, 57 minutes)
  • 2021: Paul Cox & Joe Mann (4 days, 17 hours, 4 minutes – OVERALL RECORD TIME)
  • 2020: Joe Mann and Paul Cox (5 days, 22 hours, 8 minutes)
  • 2019: Ryan Gillikin and Susan Jordan (9 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes)

Racers, Grab Your Paddles

Are you up to the challenge? Learn the race rules, get important information, and join this year’s race on our registration page.