Join us for the first ever "Paddle the Canal" Time Trials in Downtown Huntsville. You can register as an individual, team of two or two of four as you race the clock down Big Spring Canal, around Thrasher Fountain, and back.
Registration categories include novice, expert, and costume (non-timed). Registrants can bring their own kayak/canoe or borrow one for a small fee during the event. Prizes awarded for Top 3 in each category.
Your registration includes event t-shirt, guarantee of 3 course runs, and access to private Paddlers Park event area.
For more details, email Ellery@DowntownHuntsville.org
How do I rent a kayak?
Kayaks will be on site for rental for $5/use cash.
How do I select the category I want to compete in?
You will not be asked to select a category upon registration. You will receive an email well before the race asking you to choose a category.
How long is the race?
About 520 meters
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Minimum age to paddle is 18 years old
Can my child ride with me in the kayak or canoe?
Yes, as long as your bring your own vessel
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Paid parking will be available for registrants and guests at the VBC South Hall Parking Deck and Monroe Street Parking Deck. Kayak/canoe drop off areas will also be available behind the VBC South Hall.
What can I bring into the event?
No glass bottles are permitted. No outside alcohol is permitted. No weapons. No large predators.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email Ellery@DowntownHuntsville.org
What's the refund policy?
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 who you transfer it to.
How do I sign up for expert, novice, or costume divisions?
We will send out an email to all registrants on or about April 1st with how to select which category you want to participate in. A few notes:
1. Expert category goes first on Saturday morning with each expert category paddler getting one timed run initially. Next, the novice category goes second on Saturday morning with each novice category paddler getting one timed run.
2. The costume category will follow the expert and novice categories. The costume category will be untimed. It will instead be judged by a panel.
3. After all paddlers have paddled at least once in their categories, any remaining Saturday and all day Sunday paddling will be open for registrants to take their second and third paddle runs as they set fit. It will be first come, first served at that point.