Paddle Knoxville will host two races that will start and finish at Gov. Ned McWherter Park. Paddlers will travel on portions of the Tennessee, French Broad and Holston Rivers. These are deep water races suitable for any style craft. Although conditions may vary, typically the current on this portion of the Tennessee River makes the course more lake-like, with current under 0.5 mph. The French Broad and the Holston rivers are more ‘wild cards’ and can vary their current speeds hourly. Half of the course will wind through downtown Knoxville, past Neyland Stadium and the University of Tennessee. The upper section of the course is scenic and undeveloped sections of the three rivers. Channel width ranges from the open expanse of the Tennessee River to sheltered (and shaded) 120′ wide blueways. There will be no commercial traffic on the river during the race and very little powerboat traffic. The upper half of the course is very underpopulated by boat traffic of all kinds. Details and registration online.