Paddle the Canal 2019

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Big Spring Park Canal

Downtown Huntsville

800 Monroe St SW

Huntsville, Alabama 35801

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Paddle the Canal returns Saturday, April 20th for the exclusive urban kayaking event in Downtown Huntsville! We are happy to welcome back the presenting sponsor Redstone Federal Credit Union AND offer all RFCU members free General Paddling this year!

This is how Paddle the Canal works:

You can sign up for the Elite Paddle or General Paddle. Elite Paddlers will be chip-timed and go one-at-a-time on the course first thing Saturday morning. The cost of Elite Paddle is $25/person and, although you will only be chip-timed once, you can take up to 2 practice runs. There will be prizes for the winners of Elite Paddle.

General Paddle will immediately follow Elite Paddle on Saturday. We will limit the number of people on the course, but you may pass other kayakers on the out-and-back stretch. We will have a clock running so you can time yourself and your friends, but there won't be chip timing for General Paddle. General Paddle costs $15/person and you can kayak the course up to 3 times. RFCU Members can sign up for General Paddle for free but require a paid registration for the Elite Paddle. Kayaks are provided for free.

We will offer a discount for 5 registrations or more for $10/person. This is a great team-building, group-social, reunion-type event! All registrants will have access to Paddler's Park and are welcome to set up headquarters there. The course is the canal between the Embassy Suites and the Von Braun Center, starting at Rotary Fountain, circling Thrasher Fountain, and back. Paddlers Park is directly behind the South Hall of the VBC.

If you are doing the RFCU General Paddle for free, please bring proof of your membership and an ID. Everyone should bring an ID and we will have waivers when you check in. You will need to check in at the DHI tent to receive your bracelet before the starters will load you into kayaks. We are not doing any Paddle-branded swag this year. Just lots of photos!

We encourage spectators to come watch and enjoy the activities, live music, food trucks, and the open entertainment district!

FAQs

How long is the race?

About 520 meters.

Can my child ride with me in the kayak or canoe?

Yes, as long as you bring your own vessel.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Paid parking will be available at the VBC South Hall Parking Deck and Monroe Street Parking Deck. There is some free on-street parking surrounding the venue. Kayak/canoe drop off areas will be available behind the VBC South Hall.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

You can bring cameras, strollers, pets on leashes and signs to cheer on the paddlers. You can't bring glass bottles or outside alcohol.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email autumn@DowntownHuntsville.org.

What's the refund policy?

The event is rain or shine unless severe weather is present.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope. We'll have your name on a list at the event.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Sure, if you'd like. Just let us know to whom you'd like it transferred to.

When does registration close?

For General Paddle & Group Paddle, Friday, April 19th at 11:30pm. For Elite Paddle, Tuesday, April 16th at noon.

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Big Spring Park Canal

Downtown Huntsville

800 Monroe St SW

Huntsville, Alabama 35801

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