The race is re-scheduled to the new date .
The 2014 Lincoln Heritage Water Trail's "Abe's River Race" will provide paddlers the opportunity to explore approximately 9-19 miles of the lower Sangamon River as it flows north from Sangamon County, past Lincoln's New Salem Historic Site, and on to Petersburg, Illinois. The race will start on the morning of Saturday, June 28th with an expected finish between 2-4pm.
Abe's River Race will include 9 racing divisions along with open registration for recreational paddlers:
Canoe Men's (C-1) Canoe Women's (C-1) Canoe Men's Double (C-2) Canoe Women's Double (C-2) Canoe Mixed Couples (C-2) Kayak Men's Single (K-1) Kayak Women's Single (K-1) Kayak Open Double (K-2) Wooden Boat (WB)
Awards will be presented in each division. Additional awards and prizes will be given out at the post-race reception at the Riverbank Lodge in Petersburg.
The Wooden Boat division is an open category for all wooden boats, historical in nature, and of any length. We encourage participants in this division to embrace the local cultural history and heritage of the Sangamon River. Special awards will be presented to the boat and/or team that best represents this division and the cultural heritage of the river.
There will be two starting points along the river. The racers will start from the Rolling Meadows Brewery farm and have a course length of approximately 19 miles. There will be a second starting point at Gudgel Road bridge for the Wooden Boat race class and recreational paddlers. This course will be approximately 9 miles.
Racers and recreational paddlers will all start at the staging point in Petersburg, RiverBank Lodge. On the morning of the race, participants will drop off their equipment at staging points between 6:00am-7:30am for the Racers, and 8:00am-9:30am for the Recreational paddlers. The racers will start from the Rolling Meadows Brewery farmstead in northern Sangamon County, which will be approximately 19 miles to Petersburg. Racers will need to be at the RiverBank Lodge at 8:00am. Recreational paddlers will start from Gudgel Rd. Bridge in Menard County, which will be approximately 9 miles to Petersburg. Recreational paddlers must be at the RiverBank Lodge by 10:00am. GPS coordinates for Rolling Meadows Brewery are Lat. [masked], Long. -89.730680. Gudgel Rd. Bridge coordinates are Lat. [masked], Long. -89.764565. Map and directions link; https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zT_lkHtQ_ciI.kLgv2KpkQjl0