About the Kayak-a-thon
Sunday, September 7th will be our 8th annual! This year our goal is to raise $12,000! We need your help. All money raised goes to support the availability of no or low fee outdoor recreation programs for people with disabilities and their family and friends.
Challenge yourself and/or your team to paddle either 13 miles from Sunderland to Northampton or 6 miles from Hatfield to Northampton on the beautiful Connecticut River. Gather pledges in honor of your efforts to help us keep outdoor recreation accessible to people of all abilities.
A HUGE Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!
(This list will be updated as sponsors commit to the event)
Subway of Western Massachusetts
Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Rain Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Time: We will launch our kayaks in Sunderland at 10:00am. We expect to arrive in Hatfield around 12:30pm, depart at 12:45pm and arrive in Northampton around 3:15pm.
Please note that these times are approximate and depend on the kayaking strength of the group. We will paddle as a group, and we may arrive earlier or later than these times.
Registration: Paddlers are encouraged to register early! The registration fee includes an All Out Adventures Kayak-a-thon t-shirt, the use of a kayak, paddle and pfd (if needed), support and instruction on the river, and the post Kayak-a-thon party. Paddlers may register as individuals or as part of a team. Team captains will be the liason between All Out Adventures and team members.
Please note: Pre-registration is mandatory! We are unable to accomodate any kayakers who have not registered by September 1st. We have a limited number of All Out Adventures kayaks available for use during the event on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to All Out Adventures program participants.
Transportation: This is a one-way river trip from Sunderland or Hatfield to Northampton. Participants can either make their own transportation arrangements or plan to take a shuttle from a local taxi company after the event to return to their cars at a cost of $5 per person. All Out Adventures will arrange for the taxi shuttle.
Weather: We will re-schedule if there is severe weather (lightning, heavy rain, high winds) that can create unsafe conditions on the river. Please keep the rain date open; we have used it several times!
Equipment: All Out Adventures has a limited number of kayaks, PFDs, and paddles. We will supply the equipment we have on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to All Out Adventures program participants. If you will need to use an All Out Adventures kayak, please call us to reserve your kayak once you have reached the fundraising minimum ($150 per kayak or $500 per 4-person team).
Required Equipment for all: kayak, properly fitted PFD (life jacket), paddle, snacks, lunch, water
Support: All Out Adventures staff and volunteers will provide paddling instruction and support on the trip. You should have some experience paddling a kayak and feel confident in your ability to paddle the full distance for which you have registered.
Post Kayak-a-thon Party: Please plan to join us at the end for a gathering with food, beverages, and treats. Your family and friends are also welcome to join us at the cookout for $5/person.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there a fundraising minimum?
All Out Adventures is committed to providing low or no cost outdoor recreation programming to people of all abilities. We operate about 150 programs each year that cost no more than $5. In order to continue to offer our programs for no or low cost, we must raise approximately $65,000 through different sources this year. The Kayak-a-thon is our signature fundraising event, and the $150/boat or $500/4-person team minimum ensures the continued success of the event and the viability of our organization.
This year we are requesting that people call us to reserve a kayak after they have met their fundraising minimum. This is to help us plan for how many kayaks to bring to the event because we have a limited number of kayaks available and limited space on our trailer. We want to ensure the kayaks are available for those who can participate while meeting the fundraising minimum.
How do I go about fundraising?
Our most successful fundraisers ask several people for a little bit of money. If you are kayaking 13 miles, you only need to ask 8 people to sponsor you for $1/mile! Co-workers, family, and friends would all be likely to part with $13 to support your participation in the event. Alternatively, you can approach a few people for more money. It would only take 2 people to each sponsor you for $50. Still nervous? Give us a call for advice, tips, and encouragement! Or, join up with a team so you can share the fundraising responsibilities.
Which distance should I pick?
13 miles is a long, but manageable distance. Those who have little kayaking experience and are unsure of their stamina should either choose the 6-mile option or opt to go in a tandem kayak with a more experienced kayaker. Those who have good physical and mental stamina may choose to challenge themselves with the 13-mile option. Though we stop in Hatfield mid-way, those who choose the 13-mile option should be prepared to paddle the entire distance. We are not able to assist paddlers in ending the event early early except for emergencies.
How long will the event last?
We expect to arrive in Northampton around 3:15pm. However, many factors - including the kayaking strength of the group and the strength of the river current - impact our timing. You will want to allow plenty of time in your day's schedule for us to arrive in Northampton later than that.
What else should I know?
Imagine being on the water with 30 - 40 other kayaks! It's an amazing feeling, and a wonderful, fun, supportive event in which to participate. We paddle as a group toward one goal: raising the funding necessary to keep low or no cost outdoor recreation programming accessible to people with disabilities and their family and friends.
When & Where
All Out Adventures
All Out Adventures promotes health, community, and independence for people with disabilities and their family and friends through outdoor recreation.
Based in Northampton, MA, we load up our van and trailer to provide about 160 outdoor recreation programs each year from the Berkshires to Boston. Our programs serve over 2,000 people and are provided for either no or very low cost to participants. Programming includes: kayaking, canoeing, cycling, hiking, geocaching, letterboxing, snowshoeing, ice skating, x-country skiing, and camping.