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On Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9th, 2017 in Bancroft, Ontario a variety of racing challenges await you on the beautiful York River in Bancroft!

The 2017 York River Paddle Challenge is a Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA) sanctioned event.

Choose from three OMCKRA racing levels

 

Heart of the Park Riverside Park Recreational Race (Saturday July 8th) is a (1.5K, 3K, 6K) event starting in the heart of the Park Riverside Park, Station St. Bancroft, Bancroft. Entrance fee is $23/person ($8 less for OMCKRA members). This event is open to canoes, kayaks and SUPs.

Heart of the Park Riverside Park, Station St. Bancroft

9AM-10AM Day of event package pickup and waiver signing
11:00 AM Mandatory Pre Race Meeting
11:30 AM All events start
12:30 PM Post Event BBQ starts
2:00 PM Awards Ceremony
Shuttle will Return Participants To Starting Locations To Collect Vehicles Throughout the Day.

Register

 

Herschel Fire Dept Recreational Race (Saturday July 8th) is the mid-distance event (12K) starting at the Fire Hall on Baptiste Lake Road, and following the York River south to Riverside Park, Bancroft. Entrance fee is $43/person ($8 less for OMCKRA members). This event is open to canoes, kayaks and SUPs.

Herschel Fire Dept on Baptiste Lk Rd.

8AM-9AM Day of event package pickup and waiver signing
9:00 AM Mandatory Pre Race Meeting
9:30 AM All events start
12:30 PM Post Event BBQ starts
2:00 PM Awards Ceremony
Shuttle will Return Participants To Starting Locations To Collect Vehicles Throughout the Day.

Register 

 

Herschel Fire Dept Elite C1 Race (Saturday July 8th) is the mid-distance event (12K) starting at the Fire Hall on Baptiste Lake Road, and following the York River south to Riverside Park, Bancroft. Entrance fee is $43/person ($8 less for OMCKRA members). This event is open to canoes, kayaks and SUPs.

Herschel Fire Dept on Baptiste Lk Rd.

8AM-9AM Day of event package pickup and waiver signing
9:00 AM Mandatory Pre Race Meeting
9:30 AM All events start
12:30 PM Post Event BBQ starts
2:00 PM Awards Ceremony
Shuttle will Return Participants To Starting Locations To Collect Vehicles Throughout the Day.

Register 

 

23K Recreational Race (Sunday July 9th) is the long distance event (23 km) and starts at Birch Cliff Lodge on Baptiste Lake. After lake paddling for 8.6km, participants portage 1000m and continue down the York River for 13.1km to the finish line at Riverside Park in Bancroft. Entrance fee is $43/person ($8 less for OMCKRA members). This event is open to canoes, kayaks and SUPs.

8AM-9AM Day of event package pickup and waiver signing
8:30 AM Mandatory Pre Race Meeting
9:00 AM All events start
2:00 PM Awards Ceremony Post Event BBQ
Shuttle will Return Participants To Starting Locations To Collect Vehicles Throughout the Day.

Register 

 

23K Elite C2 Race (Sunday July 9th) is the long distance event (23 km) and starts at Birch Cliff Lodge on Baptiste Lake. After lake paddling for 8.6km, participants portage 1000m and continue down the York River for 13.1km to the finish line at Riverside Park in Bancroft. Entrance fee is $43/person ($8 less for OMCKRA members). This event is open to canoes, kayaks and SUPs.

8AM-9AM Day of event package pickup and waiver signing
8:30 AM Mandatory Pre Race Meeting
9:00 AM All events start
2:00 PM Awards Ceremony Post Event BBQ
Shuttle will Return Participants To Starting Locations To Collect Vehicles Throughout the Day.

Register 

 

* All participants will be eligible for the BBQ, thanks to OMCKRA and BCT

* Stand-up paddle boards welcome to participate in races.

 

Important Race Notes:

  1. To calculate age category for 2-person canoe teams, combine both ages and divide by 2.
  2. For a racing class to be valid, there must be more than 1 competitor/team entered.
  3. On both race days, there will be safety checkpoints at the starting location(s) equipped with HAM radio, boat trackers, light refreshments, first aid, and boat security. There will be mobile support (i.e. boats with HAM radios) on Baptiste Lake and the York River. 
  4. Paddlers are responsible for getting their canoes, kayaks or SUPs to their starting locations. A free shuttle service will take participants back to their start location to pick up vehicles following the events.
  5. Multiple entries from the same competitor will get a $5 discount per race. This amount will be refunded at a later date closer to the race day.

 

Prizes

  Sat 12K Sun 23K
Place C1 Stock C2 Men C2 Mixed ICF K1
1st $80 $160 $160 $160 $80
2nd $60 $120 $120 $120 $40
3rd $40 $80 $80 $80 $20
4th $20 $40 $40 $40  
5th $10 $20 $20 $20  
6th $10 $20 $20 $20  
7th $10 $20 $20 $20  

 

 

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