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What A Great Race Year!

Thank you to everyone for making this year another great year! We are so grateful for all the volunteers, sponsors and the racers. We could not do the race if it wasn't for all y'all! We are already looking at how to make next year better. Next year will be the 30th Annual Neches River Wilderness Race and we want it to be the best one yet!

If you raced this year, we'd love it if you completed our Online Survey.


The Neches River Runners is a non profit organization dedicated to conservation and education which has as its primary activity the organization and staging of the Neches River Wilderness Canoe Race, the annual fund raiser and community event for the special needs scholarship fund at the Trinity Valley Community College.


The Neches Wilderness Canoe Race began as a fund raiser sponsored by the Trinity Valley Community College Palestine Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honor Fraternity for American Junior Colleges. When Candice Dillon asked Ed Furman"What can we do for our scholarship fundraiser" Ed says...


Over the past 29 years the Neches Wilderness Canoe Race have raise funds in excess of $35,000 and have provided over 100 scholarships to deserving students. The scholarship program benefits a variety of students with special needs including returning adults, single parents, veterans, and recent high school graduates. ​

Get Involved

We are always looking for more volunteers to help everything run smooth. If you want to get involved then contact one of us or show up at the race with a willing heart. We appreciate all of our current volunteers for all of your service!