Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:16
Sunday, 29 January 2012 22:10
Muscoda Race Brochure (Pdf).
Race-Day/On Site registration will be available at all start locations.
Saturday, July 13: Saturday Night Special C1/K1 race (5:00 p.m. Victora Park, Muscoda)
Sunday, July 14: 21-mile (10:00 a.m. Wisconsin Riverside, Spring Green)
Sunday, July 14: 15-mile start (10:30 a.m. Otter Creek Landing, Lone Rock)
Sunday, July 14: 8-mile start (10:30 a.m. Pine River/Buena Vista Landing, Gotham)
Saturday Night Special is a free bonus race for paid Sunday racers with a donation for the local food pantry and is a Barton Cup Qualifier.
Muscoda Race Entry Fees
2012 Race Photos (Thanks to Rich and Peg Hodgkins)
Sunday, 26 February 2012 20:34
2012 Wisconsin Season Opener Canoe / Kayak Race
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012 (Special Note: Previous years, this race has been on Saturday. We are moving to Sunday morning this year to avoid conflicting with a Canoecopia presentation on youth competitive paddling.)
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: The Yahara River in downtown Madison, Tenny Park, just downstream of the locks, at the canoe racks. You can reach this parking lot from Sherman Avenue.
Gimmick: We try to set a race course where the winning time in minutes will equal the forecasted high temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. For your reference, the average high temperature in Madison in mid-March is in the low forties.
Entry Fee: None. Really, this is just a bunch of friends getting together for a little fun and is NOT an organized “event” (because it was; we’d need permits, insurance and stuff like that). We can’t charge an entry fee if we’re not actually providing anything other than a few buoys and somebody to shout, "GO!" There are no classes and timing and scoring will be “casual”. Please make special note that there are no public restrooms available this time of year (the park’s facilities will be closed for the season). Also, the start area is in the middle of a popular urban park, adjacent to apartment homes; and this time of year, the bushes do not provide any visual cover. In other words, you must take care of your bodily needs before you arrive.
Disclaimer: It is very important that you understand that canoe and kayak racing has certain inherent risks that could cause severe injury or death. These risks are magnified by the fact that this race will take place on nearly frozen water. The casual nature of this race means that nobody is going to take any steps to ensure your safety. You are completely on your own and must use your own judgment. You should only participate in this race if you have sufficient paddling experience, understand what you are getting into; and perhaps lack some common sense.
Course description: The race course will be laps up and down the river (number of laps depends on temperature). This stretch of the Yahara is almost exactly one mile long between Lakes Mendota and Monona. It is almost entirely straight, is generally about 3 - 5 feet deep and roughly 30 or 40 feet wide. Depending on water levels in Lake Mendota, current can range from minimal to moderate. This is an urban river with plenty of urban river features such as old bridge pilings, pipes, abandoned bicycles and discarded shopping carts. You do NOT want to hug the shoreline (especially under bridges). The middle of the river, however, is clear of obstructions. If ice and wind conditions permit, we will use part of Lake Monona. However, in the ten years that we've held this race, we were only able to use Lake Monona twice.
Monday, 12 October 2009 20:07
Download the September 2009 WCRA Newsletter (pdf file)