The Great Falls race is part of the Potomac River Festival. “The festival’s most dramatic and dazzling event is the Great Falls Race. This downriver race is a quick, adrenaline-packed descent of 60 vertical feet through the Potomac’s spectacular Class V+ Great Falls. Watch top kayakers from around the nation dash down the falls and compete for the Great Falls Race trophy.”
Here is a link to a shot I took a few years back of a racer in event:
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Arriving an hour earlier will allow you to pick a spot you are comfortable with to shoot the race. Water levels on this day will determine what the race course line will be through the falls. I would recommend a 70-200 zoom or a 100-400 zoom to capture the action of the kayakers as they navigate the rapids of Great Falls.
Participating meet-up members are free to find the best spot for them to capture the action but the first viewing area, depending on the race course chosen due to water levels, often provides the best angles from the Virginia side of the falls.
Again the race starts at 10 am but plan to be there earlier to find your shooting spot before the race.
This is a National Park so there is an entrance fee of $10.00 per vehicle if you do not already have a pass. Car pooling could of course allow you to divide this fee among the riders in the vehicle and reduce the cost for each person.