2nd place in the Men’s Advanced classification: Phil Beckman. The 1st annual LA River Boat Race was held on August 30, 2014 on a 3/4 mile course consisting of small rapids and flat water located along a stretch of the river along the Glendale Narrows in the Elysian Valley. Almost a 100 participants competed in a variety of classifications that included Mens and Womens Advanced, Intermediate and Beginners as well as Youth, Tandem and Stand-Up Paddle boat. Noted Environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. kicked off the race as the first participant, which had racers going down the course solo and racing against the clock. The race was organized by L.A. River Expeditions which was founded by George Wolfe who led the 2008 LA River Expedition that led to the river being classified as a navigable river by the EPA and consequently protected under the clean water Act.