This quirky challenge features a canoe race in Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, and a portage across the Capitol Square. Watch for crazy costumes, paddling fanatics, and fun family teams to set oar. Party in the park after!
$30 until May 1st, then $40 until event, $50 day of if we haven't sold out.
Paddlers can drop off their canoes at James Madison Park starting at 6:30 am Saturday morning. Parking is across the course at Olin Park, where paddlers can then take the free shuttle provided by Nelson's Bus Service back to James Madison to await their wave time. Shuttles will run between the parks from 7 am - the race's end.
Race is expected to start around 9:00 am
Start: We’re devising a new starting plan that accommodates fans of wave start and mass start. Stay tuned.
Course: will remain the same as last year, see here:
Street route from Olin to James Madison:
Please contact Marie Cuccia, Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com
Chad Hopper, Isthmus Sales Manager
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!
Urban Excursions, Madison
(608) 417-9611, urbanexmadison.com
(608) 223-9300, rutabaga.com
Wingra Boats, Madison
(608) 233-5332, wingraboats.com
Wisconsin Canoe Co., Spring Green
(608) 432-5058, thebestcanoecompanyever.com
Kegonsa Cove and Cove Entertainment, McFarland
River's Edge Resort, Wisconsin Dells
Participant and event-related questions: paddleportage AT isthmus DOT com
To volunteer at this event click Here.
Isthmus Publishing Co., Inc.
101 King Street
Madison WI 53703