The Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race is accepting registrations for the 54th annual event to be held Sunday, June 7, on the Fox River.
The event will feature two different lengths for paddlers to choose from – a 10-mile run starting in St. Charles and a 6-miler from Batavia – with both races finishing at McCullough Park in Aurora, according to a news release.
The event is open to paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, eight kayak divisions and one open (noncompetitive) division.
“The Mid-Am is meant for everybody – from ultra-competitive, experienced river runners to young families and novices who just want to enjoy a memorable paddling experience on the Fox River,” event coordinator Cody Kamp stated in the release.
The 10-mile race will begin at 9 a.m. from Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles, with the 6-mile race starting at 10:30 a.m. from the VFW in Batavia, just south of downtown.
Boats will be launched in heats of 10 every four minutes from both start areas. Free shuttle buses for participants and spectators will run continuously from McCullough Park to both starting sites beginning at 7 a.m.
All-inclusive canoe and kayak rental packages are available for both races at discounted prices, with start area delivery and finish line pickup of rental boats included.
A riverside party for all paddlers, friends, families and spectators will take place at the finish area at McCullough Park and feature food, music, prize drawings, local vendors and live interviews with paddlers. An awards ceremony will conclude the event, with awards for first-, second- and third-place finishers in each division for both races.