This quirky challenge features a canoe race in Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, and a portage across the Capitol Square. There are crazy costumes, paddling fanatics, and fun family teams to set oar. Ending with a party in Olin Park!
1.) Drop off canoe at James Madison Park starting at 7 a.m.
2.) Park at Olin park.
3.) Take free Badger Bus shuttle back to James Madison Park.
Pre-race announcements will take place at 8:30 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m.
-Reusable Waterbottles (plastic water bottles and use of The Madison Water Wagon will be available)
-Blankets and chairs for the post-race party
-Spectator ID's for beer drinking
WI River Outings will be providing canoes to those who specified canoe rental during their registration process.
Those with reservations will receive a coupon in their bib packet to redeem for their canoe the day of the race.
A limited number of canoe rentals will be available the morning of the race. To ensure availability, we highly recommend reserving your canoe prior to July 16th at 11:59 p.m.
Course: will remain the same as last year, see here:
Street route from Olin to James Madison:
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Coast Guard approved life jackets must be worn by all competitors in the manner with which they were designed at all times the watercraft is in the water.
Paddle & Portage participants must obey safety and traffic directions of race officials and police throughout the race.
No portage device may extend more than 2 inches beyond the gunnel or end cap of the canoe - no wheels (except kayaks).
U.S. Canoe Association rules do not apply.
Canoes must be carried across land.
No more than 2 people per canoe allowed
Support can be provided among participants throughout the event, but no outside support is allowed.
Double-bladed paddles are allowed for kayakers only. (No exceptions)
Inappropriately discarding gear or trash along the course will be grounds for immediate disqualification.
All racers must complete the race within 1 hour 45 minutes to be counted in the official results.
The first wave of the day will be the Racing wave... The next wave will be a mass start follow by smaller group waves. There will be more information available on-site, the day of the race. For any other questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A map of the racecourse may be found under the info tab at paddleandportage.com
Race Officials will monitor the weather on race morning and keep participants aware of any alterations to the schedule.
WI River Outings is renting canoes for the event. You can sign up for one upon registration!
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