Let’s Canoe/Kayak: Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race (or Recreational Paddle)
(Rentals are available)
Important: When you register put under "Friend Request": "Chicago Hikers". Also put St. Charles to Aurora for the race. If you don't, you will not be starting with the rest of the group. This is cross posted with Chicago Hiking, Outdoors, and Social Group.
The historic Mid-Am hits the Fox River on June 2, 2013, for its 52nd running, combining long-lived tradition with several new features. This is an amateur canoe race for paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division.First- through third-place awards will be given to the winners in each division for both races.
Canoe and Kayak rental discount packages (if a rental is needed)
Free shuttle service between the start and finish lines - school bus and vans
T-shirt, goodie bag and lunch included
Party in the Park - featuring K-Hits 104.3 FM and riverside awards ceremony following race.
St. Charles start line
Begins at Mount St. Mary Park (Route 31)
Heats of 10 launch every four minutes starting at 9 a.m.
Three portages (Geneva, Batavia, North Aurora)
Distance: 10 miles.
Approximate race time 1 1/2 to 3 hours
No boat? No problem! Canoes and kayaks are available at a discounted package price that can be included with your registration. Boat choices are available on the registration form.
Adult Paddler: $25 (Single Kayak, etc.)
Adult Team: $50 (Canoe, Tandem Kayak, etc.)
Paddler under 16: $15
Kayak Rental: $55 (includes race registration and boat rental)
Canoe Rental: $95 (includes race registration and boat rental, 2 per canoe)
Pre-Race Packet Pickup
Paddlers who have pre-registered can pick up their T-shirt, goodie bag, wrist band and boat sticker at the Prisco Community Center (150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora) during the following times:
Friday, May 31: 5 to 8 p.m.
Sat., June 1: 9 to 11 a.m.
Paddlers are advised to arrive at their start area at least 1 hour prior to launch time. Four shuttle buses will be running from 7:30 a.m. to about 1 p.m.
Drop your boat at the start area (Mt. St. Mary Park/St. Charles). A secured “Canoe Corral” is available at the site.
Drive to finish area at McCullough Park (Route 31 and Illinois Avenue in Aurora). Participant parking is available in the Prisco Center lot.
Enjoy a free shuttle bus ride back to your starting area.
2 paddlers per boat
Junior Boys, Girls or Mixed: Any canoe type; both paddlers must be 17 or younger Adult/Youth: Any canoe type; adult must be 30 or older; youth must be 17 or younger Women’s Competitive: 18 years and older; maximum boat length 18-6 Men’s Competitive: 18 years and older; maximum boat length 18-6 Women's Masters: 40 years and up; maximum boat length 18-6 Men's Masters: 40 years and up; maximum boat length 18-6 Century: Two paddlers, combined age 100 or more Mixed Couple: Man-and-woman team, any age Recreation: All ages; any canoe type Unlimited: Any racing boat outside specifications of other classes, including ICF boats Single Paddler – One paddler, single-blade paddle, no Olympic specs
1 paddler per boat (except tandem)
Women’s Short: Any kayak up to 15 feet; no downriver or racing kayaks Men’s Short: Any kayak up to 15 feet; no downriver or racing kayaks Women's Masters Short: 40 years and up; any kayak up to 15 feet; no downriver or racing kayaks Men's Masters Short: 40 years and up; any kayak up to 15 feet; no downriver or racing kayaks Women’s Long: Any sea kayak up to 18 feet, excluding ICF kayaks, ICF trainers and surf skis Men’s Long: Any sea kayak up to 18 feet, excluding ICF kayaks, ICF trainers and surf skis Tandem: All ages; any tandem paddler kayak Unlimited:Any single-paddler kayak, including ICF kayaks, ICF trainers, surf skis and USCA specified downriver kayaks
Open (non-competitive) Division No trophy awarded; unlimited number of participants per canoe. Any seaworthy, paddle-powered canoe or kayak may enter. Inflatable boats must be at least 6 feet in length and commercialy built. T-shirts and refreshments are limited to two paddlers per canoe. Need Assistance on a portage? Open division paddlers will be allowed assistance on portages, if requested. Staff and volunteers will be available at Geneva, Batavia and North Aurora dams to lend a helping hand for those who would like it. All other divisions are not eligible for assistance.
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