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Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race
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Canoe Race Changes and Updates
Due to high tide and the inability for boats to safely go under either of the last 2 bridges near the finish line in downtown Bangor, we have had to make a few changes.
- NEW FINISH LINE – Immediately after Shopping Cart
- After mandatory portage at Maxfield Dam, put your craft back in and run Shopping Cart
- There will be a LARGE finish line sign on Stream Right
- TAKE OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER FINISH LINE ON STREAM RIGHT
- Parking lot will be closed to leave your boats
- WARMING TENT, CHILI AND CHOWDER, RESULT BOARD AND AWARDS WILL STILL BE HELD AT THE USUAL SPOT AT GOMEZ PARK
- There will be a bus for ALL racers running from finish line area to Gomez Park starting at 11:00 am
- Busses will also be running from Gomez Park back to Kenduskeag for racers through the day.
53rd Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Saturday, April 20th, 2019
NEW LOCATION TO PICK UP RACE DAY PACKET
Kenduskeag Union Church
(across the bridge from previous pick spot at the Mystic Grange Hall)
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Waiver form must be filled out and returned to the Bangor Parks and Recreation either by email (email@example.com) or mail, even if registering online.
CLICK HERE for waiver form
***EVERYONE IN EACH BOAT MUST SIGN OR AGREE TO DISCLAIMER TO RECEIVE YOUR PACKET AND TO BE ALLOWED IN THE RACE.***
NO REFUNDS AFTER THE WEEK PRIOR TO THE RACE
Register NOW Below!!!
REGISTRATION PRICES UNTIL MIDNIGHT, APRIL 18
$35 per boat for 1 person boats
$70 per boat for 2 person boats
$35 per person in open class boats
DAY BEFORE AND RACE DAY PRICES START APRIL 19
ANYONE REGISTERING THESE DAYS WILL START AT THE END OF THE RACE
(ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS AT 11:00 AM ON APRIL 19)
$50 per boat for 1 person boats
$100 per boat for 2 person boats
$50 per person in open class boats
Rules and Guidelines (PLEASE READ)
- A minimum age of 12 years old with and adult (18+) in the craft
- Minimum age of 16 years old without an adult (must have consent of parent/guardian if under 18 years old)
- We will start 5 crafts per minute starting at 8:30 am
- No alcohol will be allowed in craft (participants will be disqualified and may be banned from future races if found)
- No assistance on portages from people, wheels, etc. Craft must be in the water at all flat water check points.
- Passing canoes/kayaks have the right away both in the water and on portages.
- Coast Guard approved, over the shoulder, correctly sized lifejackets are to be worn at all times.
- Numbered vests are to be worn OVER lifejackets.
- Any disqualified racers will surrender their numbered vests to safety personnel.
- All racers in open canoes will use single blade paddles only. Racers in kayaks and other decked boats may use either single or double blade paddles.
- Participants should not secure paddles to wrist or hands.
- No animals allowed in any craft
- Participants will be disqualified by the sweep canoe if they feel an effort is not being made to race.
Classifications and Class information
- The Race Staff reserves the right to determine participant's final race classification.
- All canoes will meet "ACA WW Open Canoe Specifications".
- Open Class: For race teams numbering 3 or more canoeists or for a craft that is not classified as a canoe or kayak. This class is also for racers who wish to propel their watercraft with something other than a paddle. (i.e. oars, or setting pole)
- Recreation Class: Includes ANY CRAFT sold for general recreational use In general, ABS, polyethylene kayaks and canoes, as well as aluminum, or wood/canvas canoes.
- Beginner Class: No one person in boat has finished 1st, 2nd or 3rd in organized race in any class.
What to wear and other info
- Rescue teams recommend that ALL race participants wear appropriate clothing due to the extreme cold water temperatures as well as cold ambient air temperatures.
- Recommended clothing includes: a wet suit or dry suit, polypropylene fleece or wool.
- Worst to wear: cotton clothing (ie: jeans, T-shirt, sweat shirt/pants
- You may become severely hypothermic and require medical attention if you are not wearing the proper clothing.
- Try not to bring keys, cell phones or anything else you do not want to get wet or possibly lose in the boat with you.
- Warming tent at finish with free hot chocolate, coffee & goodies sponsored by Darling Agency
- Free chili and chowder at finish sponsored by Sea Dog Brewing Company
- Awards held at the warming tent at take out area at Gomez Park