FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington Fitness and Recreation Center announced the sixth annual Canoe/Kayak Race and Fun Paddle on Sunday, May 1, on the Sandy River. Sponsored by the FRC “Mainely Outdoors” outdoor recreation program, the pre-race meeting is at 12:30 p.m. with the paddle event beginning at 1 p.m.

The Canoe/Kayak Race and Fun Paddle features an approximate 10-mile paddle beginning in Strong and ending in Fairbanks. The put-in location is at the Strong American Legion at the intersection of Route 4 and 145 and the take-out location is at the Little League ball field on Route 4. There will be a shuttle service to bring paddlers back to their vehicles.

“This event is set up to be either competitive or a fun weekend paddle with all ability levels welcome,” said Jim Toner, director of UMF Fitness and Recreation Center.

Participants 13 and older of all ability levels are welcome to compete in the timed race or to paddle for fun. Paddlers must provide their own canoe or kayak, paddles, personal flotation devices and other related equipment.

According to the Whitewater Classification System, this section of the Sandy River is identified as Class I — moving water with small disturbances on the surface and a few small waves — to Class II — easy rapids with smaller waves and clear channels that are obvious and where occasional maneuvering may be required.

Registration fees are $10 a person and $5 for students. Registration forms can be completed by visiting the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center or on site the day of the race from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Racing categories for participants include high school students; college students; men/women, ages 18-49; century, ages over 50; and family. Children ages 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

FMI: frc.umf.maine.edu/, 207-778-7495.


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