9th annual 'Great River Race' takes over the Mississippi River in St. Paul | KSTP.com

9th annual 'Great River Race' takes over the Mississippi River in St. Paul

Updated: September 14, 2019 10:51 PM

The "Great River Race" returned for the ninth annual Paddle on the Mississippi River to raise money for Wilderness Inquiry, an the organization which helps students explore the outdoors through an education program.

With 29 canoes and hundreds of people on the Mississippi River at the Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul, the organization raised over $100,000. 

More from KSTP:

St. Paul Saints consider hurricane relief fundraiser for Charleston, South Carolina

Interview: Deb Mallin of Literacy Matters explains what is being done to close achievement gaps in Minnesota

"Perfect weather," said Greg Lais, who is the executive director for Wilderness Inquiry, "This is proof that someone wants to do this. So, great weather today."

The program reaches more than 18,000 kids annually around the country by mentoring students and also getting them to enjoy the great outdoors.

The event even drew the attention of the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis who came out to show support. 

"When you have hundreds of different people that are rallying around a common cause, which is our kids, our young people and the environment, it's a beautiful thing," said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

More information about the race is available at the link here

Connect with KSTP

Join the conversation on our social media platforms. Share your comments on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.


Crystal Bui

Copyright 2019 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company

13-year-old found dead in Lake Minnewashta in Chanhassen

Families camp out for hours for a glimpse at Aquatennial fireworks show

Fauci: CDC may back wearing face masks more

Patrons deal with the heat as Grand Carnivale premieres at Valleyfair

Red flag warning issued by NWS in northern Minnesota

Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US