Registration: 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Powder Hollow Barn located at 32 South Maple St, Enfield CT, directly across from the finish line at the South Maple St Bridge. The entry fee is $25 per particpant and benefits the Enfield Food Shelf and covers liability insurance.
Save time and print and fill out your registration forms before the race. All participants will need to fill out a registration form and insurance waiver (available at registration):
All boats should be dropped off prior to registration at 27 Quality Avenue, Somers, CT. Racers should then proceed to the Powder Hollow Barn to register and pick up your bib. Parking is available at the barn or along Dusthouse Rd for Expert Course participants. The Novice Course will end on Bailey Road this year -The novice finish is on private property at 11 Bailey Road off of 191 in Enfield, please do not access property until the race out of respect for the home owner. The new rapid created by the Springborn Dam removal begins at the 191 bridge, so we can no longer use the old takeout. Once registered, buses will be available to return you to the starting line at Quality Ave. Last pre-start bus to race start will depart at 11:05. Don’t be left behind – be early, the bus fills up.
Race participants are reminded to dress for conditions and bring warm dry clothes in a dry bag for the take out. Wetsuits, or other appropriate cold weather paddle gear recommended! Wetsuit rentals are available from Enfield Scuba at 169 Elm Street in Enfield, Connecticut· (860) 745-7282 – call or visit them now to reserve
Mandatory Race Meeting: 11:15AM
Novice Course Start: 11:30
Expert Course Start: 12:00 PM
2.5 miles of downriver racing from Quality Ave, Somers, CT to Bailey Road, Enfield, CT. Class I rapids.
5 Miles, starting at Quality Ave in Somers, CT to Powder Hollow Barn in Hazardville. 4 Class II+ Rapids, including the popular finish area. The expert course is part of the New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association Downriver Series. For more information go to NECKRA.ORG.
All boaters must wear helmets and PFD. (Bicycle, skateboarding, or whitewater helmets are acceptable)
For anyone considering running the expert course for the first time, here is an excellent video guide of the big 3 rapids from Eric Jones of NECKRA: