Canoe (Kayak and SUP) Races!

3 Races on 3 evenings

This is a fun, casual series.  It’s a great excuse to get a group of friends together, meet other paddlers, and do something healthy after work.  We have prize categories for those who are competitive, but we also welcome anyone who simply wants to try something a little more challenging than a float; the Chena River is an excellent place to sharpen your paddling skills and get faster.  These are FREE events.  Come join us!


  Need to borrow a boat? UAF draw has made available their boats/SUP’s

Available boats are first come first serve. If you want to borrow a boat please pre-register and your registration will be used as your placeholder.


Registration:  6:30 pm

Race Start:  7:00 pm

All races Put In at Graehl Landing, Front Street, Fairbanks, in front of Pro Music.  (River miles listed below are approximate.)

Paddle One – June 13

5 1/4 river miles. Race to the Take Out River Left at University Landing (aka Chena River Wayside).

 

Paddle Two – June 27

7 1/2 river miles.  Race to the Take Out River Right at Chena Small Tracts.

 

Paddle Three – July 11 

9 1/2 river miles.  Race to the Take Out River Right at the Chena Pump House.
canoe race drawing

Race Divisions:

CLASS I

  • Men
  • Women
  • Co-Ed
Kevlar and Fiberglass Canoe Racing Boats

These boats will be faster, so they take an initial trip upriver to circle the bridge abutments at the put-in.  That way we all finish closer to the same time.

CLASS II

  • Men
  • Women
  • Co-Ed
Canoes and Kayaks of any other type

 

CLASS III

  • Men
  • Women 
Stand Up Paddleboards

One paddler per board, please.

GANG Three or More Paddlers or Passengers in any type of boat

 

RULES AND SAFETY

ALL race participants must WEAR a USCG-approved personal flotation device at all times until feet are on land at the Take Out.  This also includes non-paddling passengers, infants, and children.

Display your Boat Number on the bow of your boat (or visible on your person if paddling a SUP).  Please also assist timekeepers at the finish line by calling out your boat number as you cross.

Steer into any boat wakes.  Motorized watercraft are permitted on the Chena River and may be active during the races.  The race venues are not protected by any sort of no-wake zone.  If a passing boat creates a wake, please take care to steer your boat to a 90° angle of the wave to avoid capsizing.

Notify the race organizer ASAP if you decide to abandon the race.  We do keep track of how many individuals start the race, and how many finish.  If someone is missing, we WILL initiate a search.  If you will not cross the finish line for any reason, please get a message to the race organizer as soon as possible to preclude unnecessary searches.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation back to the Put In.  Beaver Sports does not provide either return transportation or security for watercraft at the Take Out while vehicles are shuttled.  Please plan your logistics accordingly.