The race is on

Or­ga­niz­ers hope for big crowd at An­napo­lis River Ca­noe and Kayak Race

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - MID­DLE­TON

You want an an­ti­dote to the rat race? Haul your ca­noe down to the An­napo­lis River.

Avid pad­dlers of both ca­noes and kayaks will tell you there’s noth­ing as peace­ful and re­lax­ing as drift­ing down the county’s old­est travel route obliv­i­ous to cares and con­cerns of the out­side world.

On May 27 you may not want to just drift. In fact, you might want to dig in with that pad­dle and get some mo­men­tum go­ing – it’s the an­nual An­napo­lis River Ca­noe and Kayak Race.

Clean An­napo­lis River Project is hop­ing for it’s big­gest turnout to date for the An­nual An­napo­lis River Ca­noe and Kayak Race.

This is an event with a cat­e­gory for ev­ery pad­dler, in­clud­ing marathon ca­noe, com­pet­i­tive ca­noe and kayak (tan­dem and solo), and recre­ational ca­noe or kayak.

“Whether you want to float down the river, or are part of Nova Sco­tia’s marathon ca­noe cir­cuit, we are hop­ing to see the com­mu­nity out to cel­e­brate and en­joy the river,” said CARP’S Katie Mclean.

She said 2017 is cer­tainly shap­ing up to be an ex­cit­ing year for pad­dlers.

“With the Bridgetown float­ing docks in­stalled, free boat rentals through the Town of Mid­dle­ton and An­napo­lis County, and the float­ing dock project un­der­way at the An­napo­lis Royal cause­way, a great deal of com­mu­nity re­sources are be­ing ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing wa­ter ac­cess and en­cour­ag­ing recre­ational use of the An­napo­lis River,” she said.

Rac­ers are strongly en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter in ad­vance of race day through the CARP of­fice. On the day of the race, par­tic­i­pants must check in be­tween 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. The race will have a stag­gered start to ac­com­mo­date each cat­e­gory, with the first start­ing at 11 a.m.

Mclean said the race course runs about 16 kilo­me­tres from River­side Park in Mid­dle­ton to the Lawrence­town ex­hi­bi­tion grounds. Pad­dlers must wear a per­sonal floata­tion de­vice, and should bring all re­quired safety equip­ment (bailer, 15 me­tres of buoy­ant heav­ing line, sound sig­nalling de­vice, pad­dles).

Race regis­tra­tion is $18 per per­son, with no fee for ad­di­tional in­di­vid­u­als join­ing for a ride.

To reg­is­ter con­tact Katie Mclean, (902)-532-7533, katiem­clean@an­napolis­river.ca

About CARP

Clean An­napo­lis River Project is an en­vi­ron­men­tal NGO that op­er­ates through­out the An­napo­lis River Water­shed, with an of­fice in An­napo­lis Royal, Nova Sco­tia. Their mis­sion is to en­hance the eco­log­i­cal health of the An­napo­lis River water­shed through sci­ence, lead­er­ship and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. an­napolis­river.ca

Clean An­napo­lis River Project’s an­nual An­napo­lis River Ca­noe and Kayak Race is com­ing up on May 27 start­ing in Mid­dle­ton and wind­ing down­stream 16 kilo­me­tres to Lawrence­town. Any­body can join the race that has sev­eral dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories and will ac­com­mo­date all ages and skill lev­els.

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