Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race Coming June 7 — Registration is OPEN!

Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race Coming June 7 — Registration is OPEN!

Canoe Race

The Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race is signing up paddlers of all ages and abilities for the 54th annual race to be held Sunday, June 7.

Are you ready to paddle the beautiful Fox River? It’s quite the experience – especially on this day!

The historic event will feature two different lengths for paddlers to choose from – a 10-mile run starting in St. Charles and a 6-miler from Batavia – with both races finishing at McCullough Park in Aurora. Register online here.

The event is open to paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, eight kayak divisions and one open (non-competitive) division.“The Mid-Am is meant for everybody — from ultra-competitive, experienced river runners to young families and novices who just want to enjoy a memorable paddling experience on the Fox River,” said event coordinator Cody Kamp.

The 10-mile race will begin at 9 a.m. from Mount. St. Mary Park in downtown St. Charles, with the 6-mile race starting at 10:30 a.m. from the VFW in Batavia, just south of downtown.

Boats will be launched in heats of 10 every four minutes from both start areas. Free shuttle buses for participants and spectators will run continuously from McCullough Park to both starting sites beginning at 7 a.m.

All-inclusive canoe and kayak rental packages are available for both races at discounted prices, with start area delivery and finish line pickup of rental boats included.

A riverside party for all paddlers, friends, families and spectators will take place at the finish area at McCullough Park and feature food, music, prize drawings, local vendors and live interviews with paddlers. An awards ceremony will conclude the event, with awards for first, second and third-place finishers in each division for both races.

All registered paddlers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, goodie bag, lunch fare with chips and drink and be eligible for prize drawings.

Quick and easy online registration is available here. Registration forms also are available at all Park District community centers. For more information, call (630) 859-8606. Be sure to visit the Mid-Am Facebook page for cool info, pictures and announcements.

SOURCE: Fox Valley Park District