Where to Paddle This Weekend: June 20-21, 2015

An outrigger race through New York City, three days of music and fun in Cincinnati and more

Free music, camping, paddling clinics and much more in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Billed as the largest paddling event in the country, the Ohio River Music & Outdoor Festival kicks off at Coney Island on Friday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m. This year’s event features stand up paddle board (SUP) clinics, a kayak fishing tournament, a used canoe and kayak sale, a silent auction & basket raffle and overnight camping. Admission is free and open to the public.

Info: www.ohioriverpaddlefest.org

Photo Courtesy of www.libertyoutrigger.org
Photo Courtesy of www.libertyoutrigger.org

New York City’s prestigious outrigger canoe race

The Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge – hosted by New York Outrigger is one of the largest sporting events in New York Harbor and one of the most prestigious outrigger canoe races in the world.  On Saturday, June 20, men’s, women’s, and co-ed crews wil race along a challenging and visually-stunning course throughout New York City. Established in 1997, this iron outrigger race is 15 miles long for the men’s and women’s divisions, while the mixed division is 11 miles.

Info: Liberty Challenge

Grand Opening of Iowa’s largest whitewater park in Manchester, Iowa

The new park offers six in water features on the Maqoketa River. The opening ceremonies, held Friday-Sunday, will include on-water events, live music, great food, water sports vendors, free rental of kayaks & tubes and a street fair.

Info: http://www.delawarecountytourism.com/ and http://www.manchesterwhitewater.com/

A fun paddling race in Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, Maryland 

The Chesapeake Paddlefest–a benefit for Special Olympics Maryland–is a fun event for all ages and skill levels featuring 4 mile, 2 mile and 1/2 mile races for kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards on Saturday, June 20th.

Register at www.chesapeakepaddlefest.com

Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race in Memphis, Tenn.

This Saturday, join over 500 recreational to expert canoe and kayak paddlers from all over the world for the 34th running of the Outdoors Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race on the Mississippi River in Memphis, TN.

Info: http://www.outdoorsinc.com/pages/canoe-race

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