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 -
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! 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
Minimum Pledge: Solo - $40, Double - $70
40 Mile -
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.