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.
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” - Unknown
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” - Robert Frost
Do you love Hiking and Adventures?
Welcome to the Chicago Hiking, Outdoors, & Social Meetup Group. We strive for adventures, fun, and friendships. This group is for people who enjoy hiking, being outdoors and meeting new people. We feature hikes for all skill levels, canoeing, camping, biking, social gatherings and other outdoor activities. These events are a great way to get out, meet people, and smell some fresh air. If you have a suggestion, please feel free to contact the Organizer or post them on “ideas for meetup” on the calendar page. Most of the activities are pretty tame, but any participation in this group is at your own risk. If you want to meet fun and adventurous people, this group is for you. Come join us. It will be an adventure you won’t soon forget.
Adventures are closer than you think!
We need Assistant Organizers and Event Hosts! If you don't see your preferred activity listed or a hike on your side of town, please volunteer by contacting the Organizer! You might be surprised just how many people are looking to do the same activity that you are. Other ways to volunteer would be a Greeter (Greet new members as they join the group.) or Monthly News Letter Editor (Write articles for a Monthly News Letter to be published on the message board.). We welcome Event & Group Sponsors who need some publicity for a great price!
Why not become a Hike Leader?
Monthly Photo Contest:
We are having a Monthly Photo Contest. You have 1 month to upload your favorite photo. At the end of the month, the Assist Organizers will pick the top 12. We will then have a poll for voting on these 12. The members will be able to rate each picture from 1 to 10 rating. The photo with the highest ratings at the end of this month will win. This photo will then be used as the open page picture for following month. The only thing you receive are bragging rights.
So why not amaze the rest of the members with you photography skills?
100 Miles Club and 200 Miles Club:
Are you looking for a Goal to reach? We have two clubs for you. You join the 100 Miles Club when you reach 100 Miles hiking a year with this group only (Chicago Hiking, Outdoors, & Social Meetup Group). You join the 200 Miles Club when you reach 200 Miles hiking a year with any Meetup Groups (Windy City Hikers, this group, etc.). Your Meetup Names will be posted in the About Section in this group.
Let’s start counting those miles!
Dues and Fees:
There are no membership dues to be part of this group. For prepay events, we will sometimes add up to three dollars, normally 1 to 2, to the payment to help out with the Meetup.com monthly fees.
For other events, example hikes, we suggest a 1 or 2 dollar donation at the start of the event. This is totally voluntary. No records will be kept for who donates and who doesn’t.
If you want to make a voluntary donation. Go to the top of this page and click on "Pay Online". Enter the amount you would like to donate. Donate any amount you like. This will be paid with Paypal.
We would personally prefer if people would donate their time as an Assistant Organizer or Hike Leader versus making a donation of money. Any help is very much appreciated.
Other Recommended Outdoors Meetup Groups: If events are full on this group, why not see what these groups are up to.