About Team River Runner

A small group of kayakers started Team River Runner (TRR) in 2004 with the goal of helping veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. We now offer paddling opportunities to veterans and their family members in more than 60 locations across the nation. TRR is more than an adaptive sports program; it’s a community that offers opportunities for friendship, new-found purpose, and community service.  Join our veterans on their river to recovery and enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of nature, whether it’s a whitewater rapids or a peaceful lazy river!

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TRR provides all boats, outfitting, safety gear, instruction, transportation, food and lodging for the participants and the volunteers through the generosity of their donors and the subsidies from their providers.

Each chapter:

  • Holds regular pool or open water sessions of approximately 2-3 hours each. Some sites offer multiple sessions per week;
  • Has a quarterly local trip and twice a year family days;
  • Encourages qualified paddlers from any site to participate in the national trips offered to Colorado, Idaho and the Caribbean.

At each event, a paddler gets a chance, in a safe environment, to:

  • Get physical exercise outside the boredom of the hospital;
  • Learn a potentially brand new skill, rather than struggle with a skill he used to be an expert at;
  • Overcome emotional roadblocks left by post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury;
  • Practice basic cognitive sequencing by following small sets of instructions;
  • Bring his family into a new recreational hobby
  • Have fun!!


TRR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Maryland.

Federal Tax Exempt ID # 20-3838651

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) # 36703