$12.50 – $30

12th Annual Kayak-a-thon

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Northampton Community Rowing

68 Damon Road

Northampton, MA 01060

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About the Kayak-a-thon

It's our 12th Annual!

We are so excited for this event, and we look forward to you joining us. Our goal this year is to raise $20,000! We can do it, but we need your help. This year can be the best Kayak-a-thon yet. All money raised goes to support the availability of no or low fee outdoor recreation programs for Veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities and their family and friends.

Challenge yourself and/or your team to paddle either 12 miles from Sunderland to Northampton or 5 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.

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Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Rain Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018


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, water and simple snacks in Hatfield, support and instruction on the river, and the post Kayak-a-thon cookout with food and treats from local restaurants. We will provide a kayak, PFD, paddle, and adaptations to All Out Adventures program participants who need them on a first-come first-served basis. 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 14th.

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 $8 per person. All Out Adventures will arrange for the taxi shuttle, and taxis will pick up in Northampton at 5pm.

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 for program participants on a first-come, first-served basis. People who are not program participants will need to supply their own kayak. We will loan pfds and paddles to anyone who needs them.

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 Cookout: Please plan to join us at the end for a gathering with food, beverages, and treats. We encourage your friends and family also join us at the cookout for $15/person. They should plan to arrive around 3pm so that they can cheer you on as you finish the event.

The Distance: The main event is the 5 mile stretch from Hatfield to Northampton. For those who are seeking an extra challenge and who have some kayaking experience, we offer an early start in Sunderland for a 12-mile day. We recommend that only those with significant kayaking experience begin their day in Sunderland. If you are unsure, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your options.

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 each 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.

How do I go about fundraising?

Our most successful fundraisers ask several people for a little bit of money. If you are kayaking 12 miles, you only need to ask 12 people to sponsor you for $1.5/mile! Co-workers, family, and friends would all be likely to part with $12.50 to support your participation in the event. Alternatively, you can approach a few people for more money. It would only take 5 people to each sponsor you for $30. Still nervous? Give us a call for advice, tips, and encouragement! Or, join up with a team so you can share the fundraising responsibilities. We also plan to hold several fundraising information and work sessions this spring and summer led by previously successful fundraisers. We're here to help!


We will supply fundraising information, including pledge sheets and assistance with setting up online giving, once you have registered.

Which distance should I pick?

12 miles is a long, but manageable distance. We strongly recommend that first-timers or those who are unsure of the best distance either choose the 5-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 12-mile option. Though we stop in Hatfield mid-way, those who choose the 12-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. We typically wrap up the event around 5:00pm.

What else should I know?

Imagine being on the water with 60 other kayakers! 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 Veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities and their family and friends.

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Northampton Community Rowing

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Northampton, MA 01060

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