Memorial Paddle for Eppie Johnson July 13
Taking place at 10 a.m. near the Sunrise Footbridge on the American River Parkway, and following a short address from the Johnson Family and community leaders, Eppie’s family will drop a flower wreath - and friends and community members will and are encouraged to drop flowers as well – on to the American River.
Over 100 people in kayaks and other boats will then paddle past the wreath/flowers in Eppie’s honor, completing their trip at River Bend Park, Rancho Cordova (the Finish Line location of the annual Eppie’s Great Race).
Eppie launched “Eppie’s Great Race” (EGR) 41 years ago, as a triathlon featuring running, biking, and paddling. Since its inception 41 years ago, EGR has grown into the largest single-day, annual kayaking event in the world. And through Eppie’s Great Race, Eppie raised and donated over $1.4 Million to support recreation programs for Sacramento County’s disabled.
The Eppie Johnson Memorial Paddle Event will take place on/next to the Sunrise Footbridge over the American River Parkway: from U.S. Highway 50, exit at the Sunrise Blvd. off-ramp. Head north; just before the American River overpass, turn right into the park entrance, which is marked by a sign. Past the entry kiosk, turn left to get to the Footbridge near Lower Sunrise. The participating paddlers will launch from this location, and paddle 6.35 miles (the traditional Eppie’s Great Race paddling leg), on the American River, landing at River Bend Park, Rancho Cordova.