13th Annual Worumbo river race ready for registrations


LISBON —  Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race.

The annual “fun-for-the-whole-family” canoe and kayak race, is a signature event of the annual Moxie Festival. 

The race, one of the largest single-day paddling events on the Androscoggin River, is set for Sunday, July 10, according to a release issued by organizers of the race at the Androscoggin Land Trust.

“The Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race’s relaxed, family friendly atmosphere has made it among the most popular paddling events in the northeast, drawing hundreds of boats and participants from across New England,” the release stated. “Paddlers in canoes or kayaks in 11 categories will kick off at the Durham Boat Access on Route 136 and race six miles downstream to the finish line under the railroad trestle where the Sabattus River meets the Androscoggin at Route 196 in Lisbon.”

The land trust has operated the race since 2009. Last year’s race saw record turnout, with more than 180 racers.

As the race has grown, the trust has moved to hire its first race director, Marnie Coleman of Auburn.

“I’m thrilled to be involved,” Coleman said in a prepared statement. “It’s fun from beginning to end and everybody has a great time. But the best part is seeing so many people paddling the Androscoggin.”

Through a new race sponsorship with Evergreen Subaru of Auburn all racers who have a Subaru registered in their name can recieve a 50 percent discount on registration fees.

Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under if registered by end-of-business Tuesday, July 5. Registration fees includes a t-shirt, lunch, and free shuttle service.

Late and race-day registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under and includes shuttle service only.

T-shirts and lunch will be available for sale at the finish line for late registrants and spectators.

Race-day registration begins at 9:00 am at the Durham Boat Launch. Participants are encouraged to arrive well in advance of the 11:00 am mass start.

To register online, follow the Active.com link on the Events page of the land trust’s website, www.androscogginlandtrust.org, or call 312-5428.

Registration forms may also be obtained by emailing [email protected]