Be sure to get to Creekside Lodge early to sign up!
Be sure to get to Creekside Lodge early to sign up!
Spring is here! Are you looking for a fun and exciting event to help cool off as the temperatures start to heat up? Participating in this year’s Friends of Sugar Creek Canoe Races might just do the trick!
There are two separate races happening on May 15th: the full 15 mile canoe race and the Stwalley Short (named in honor of long-time volunteer Bob Stwalley). The Stwalley Short Race will have a contest for the ‘Best Dressed Canoe’ and the winner will receive a lovely gift basket as a reward. It is a shorter race meant for those looking for some fun without spending as much time in the water. The race starts at 1 p.m. and runs for approximately 4 miles from Creekside Lodge to Trail Head Park. Medals will be given out to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Onsite registration starts at 10:30 a.m., so make sure to get there early to sign up!
The full 15 mile canoe race will include both recreational and USCA paddlers. It runs from Creekside Lodge to Deer’s Mill Bridge, approximately 15.5 miles. Awards ceremony will take place at Canyon Camp Ground at 4:30 p.m. with onsite registration starting at 11 a.m.
The event has had some hard times as it was completely canceled after 2015 because of dwindling participants and bad weather. The race was once again restarted in 2017, and the 2018 race was a huge success with more than 50 participants. Unfortunately, the 2019 race was rained out on two consecutive dates, and the 2020 was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year hopes to start it up again strong and bring back the fun.
Friends of Sugar Creek is a non-profit environmental organization that works to restore and protect Sugar Creek. Formed in 1987 by Dean Ford, the organization is guided by its mission: “To protect, restore, and promote appreciation of Sugar Creek and its watershed.” Choose your race and register at Pre-registration is encouraged!