Eppie Johnson memorial flotilla on American RiverLoading
  • A participant prepares to paddle down river during the Eppie Johnson Memorial on Sunday, July 13, 2014 along the American River in Rancho Cordova, California. The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks to float down the American River in honor of Eppie Johnson, the originator of Eppie's Great Race, who passed away in September. "The Great Race" is an annual triathlon that includes running, biking, and paddling. The 41st annual race is on July 19.
    Andrew Seng | aseng@sacbee.com
  • A participant prepares to paddle down river during the Eppie Johnson Memorial on Sunday, July 13, 2014 along the American River in Rancho Cordova, California. The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks to float down the American River in honor of Eppie Johnson, the originator of Eppie's Great Race, who passed away in September. "The Great Race" is an annual triathlon that includes running, biking, and paddling. The 41st annual race is on July 19.
    Andrew Seng | aseng@sacbee.com
  • Kayaks line the river before the Eppie Johnson Memorial on Sunday, July 13, 2014 along the American River in Rancho Cordova, California. The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks to float down the American River in honor of Eppie Johnson, the originator of Eppie's Great Race, who passed away in September. "The Great Race" is an annual triathlon that includes running, biking, and paddling. The 41st annual race is on July 19.
    Andrew Seng | aseng@sacbee.com
  • Ty Hadley, 78, carries his kayak after the Eppie Johnson Memorial on Sunday, July 13, 2014 along the American River in Rancho Cordova, California. The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks to float down the American River in honor of Eppie Johnson, the originator of Eppie's Great Race, who passed away in September. "The Great Race" is an annual triathlon that includes running, biking, and paddling. The 41st annual race is on July 19.
    Andrew Seng | aseng@sacbee.com
  • Jeff Bushey and his dog, DeeOGee, prepare to paddle down river during the Eppie Johnson Memorial on Sunday, July 13, 2014 along the American River in Rancho Cordova, California. The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks to float down the American River in honor of Eppie Johnson, the originator of Eppie's Great Race, who passed away in September. "The Great Race" is an annual triathlon that includes running, biking, and paddling. The 41st annual race is on July 19.
    Andrew Seng | aseng@sacbee.com
  • A participant paddles closer to the flower reath dropped into the river during the Eppie Johnson Memorial on Sunday, July 13, 2014 along the American River in Rancho Cordova, California. The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks to float down the American River in honor of Eppie Johnson, the originator of Eppie's Great Race, who passed away in September. "The Great Race" is an annual triathlon that includes running, biking, and paddling. The 41st annual race is on July 19.
    Andrew Seng | aseng@sacbee.com
  • Relatives of Eppie Johnson take a moment of silence to honor his life during the Eppie Johnson Memorial on Sunday, July 13, 2014 along the American River in Rancho Cordova, California. The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks to float down the American River in honor of Eppie Johnson, the originator of Eppie's Great Race, who passed away in September. "The Great Race" is an annual triathlon that includes running, biking, and paddling. The 41st annual race is on July 19.
    Andrew Seng | aseng@sacbee.com
  • Eppie Johnson's kayak is prepared to be towed down the he American River with a flotilla of kayaks to honor the Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Eppie Johnson's kayak, decorated with a wreath, is ready to be towed down the American River with a flotilla of kayaks to honor the Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Race director Charlie Willard touches a wreath on Eppie Johnson's kayak before it is towed down the American River with a flotilla of kayaks to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Bob Stiegerwald, Sue Lutz, and Silvi Stiegerwald listen to a presentation, honoring Eppie Johnson, a Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Ritch Hollingsworth and other kayakers prepare to float down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • John Weed holds flowers in his mouth as he prepares to tow Eppie Johnson's kayak with a flotilla of kayaks down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race. Johnson, who died in September at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Eppie Johnson's family and friends throw a wreath and flowers into the American River during a memorial to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Kayaker's move into position as they prepare to float down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • John Weed tows Eppie Johnson's kayak down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race. Johnson, who died in September, began Eppie's Race 41 years ago at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • A flotilla of kayaks move down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Jeff Bushey and his dog, DeeOGee, join a flotilla of kayaks that travel down the American River on Sunday to honor Eppie Johnson, Sacramento restaurateur and originator of the annual Eppie's Great Race at the American River Sunday July 13, 2014 in Gold River, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Participants paddle down river during the Eppie Johnson Memorial on Sunday, July 13, 2014 along the American River in Rancho Cordova, California. The public is invited to join a flotilla of kayaks to float down the American River in honor of Eppie Johnson, the originator of Eppie's Great Race, who passed away in September. "The Great Race" is an annual triathlon that includes running, biking, and paddling. The 41st annual race is on July 19.
    Andrew Seng | aseng@sacbee.com
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