The Races

In an effort to make this canoe and kayak event accessible and fun for a wide variety of skill and competition levels there are two separate racing events:

20 Mile - Letter to the 20 mile Racer

Less experienced canoeists, kayakers, and recreational paddlers will travel at their chosen pace for 20 scenic miles of the Missouri River from Weldon Spring to Frontier Park. This is the perfect opportunity for the novice racer to build stamina and test endurance. At the same time, the 20 mile race offers “once-a-year” paddlers the opportunity to come out and paddle on the river with friends for a good cause! Recreational stopping on sand bars is prohibited. This event will be run with the cooperation of the Missouri Department of Conservation. 

There are two waves launching from Weldon Spring.

  • All K1 classes
  • Everyone else.   

Registration opens at 8:30.

Everyone Else: Mandatory Safety talk at 9:15. Launch at 9:30.

K1 Classes: Mandatory Safety talk at 9:30 Launch at 9:45

Finish: 3 to 6 hours later (dependent on pace), St. Charles, MO

Classes: Men's Solo, Men's Double, Women's Solo, Women's Double, Mixed Double, SUP, Voyageur, Pedal Drive

Minimum Pledge: Solo - $40, Double - $70

Space is limited for this event. Registration is first come first served.

40 Mile - Letter to the 40 mile Racer

A one-day competitive race from Washington, Missouri to historic Saint Charles at the Race for the Rivers Festival in Frontier Park. This is a race for the serious paddler with strong endurance and a desire to compete. 

Safety Talk: 8:30 AM,  Washington, MO

Start: 9:00 AM, Washington, MO

Finish: 4 to 8 hours later, St. Charles, MO

Classes: Men's Solo, Men's Double, Women's Solo, Women's Double, Mixed Double, SUP, Voyageur, Pedal Drive

Minimum Pledge: Solo - $50, Double - $85

Voyageur Class: $60.00 per paddler. Must have hand bailers.  At least one tied to the boat.  Inspections will be made at beginning of race.

Bike Shuttle Service:

Unfortunately, the bike shuttle is now full and we can not accept any more registrations.  Thanks for your participation!

 

There will be BIKE shuttle service available from the Bishop's Landing/Boat House parking lot in St Charles to Washington with a stop at the Weldon Spring Boat Ramp.  The first run will leave at 7:30 am.  The second run will leave at 3:00 pm.  Fee for this shuttle is $10.00 .  You must register here in order to ride the shuttle. Space is very limited so there will very likely be no room for walk-ups.  Seats will be assigned on a first paid/first served basis.  The shuttle can carry your bicycle but not your kayak or canoe.

Boat Shuttle Service:

Unfortunately, the boat shuttle is now full and we can not accept any more registrations.  Thanks for your participation!

 

There will be BOAT shuttle service available from the Bishop's Landing/Boat House parking lot in St Charles to Washington with a stop at the Weldon Spring Boat Ramp.  The shuttle will leave at 7:00 am. The fee for this shuttle is $15.00 .  You must register here in order to ride the shuttle.  Space is very limited so there will very likely be no room for walk-ups.  Seats will be assigned on a first paid/first served basis.  

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