April 8, 2013 • 09:22:03 a.m.

Registration under way for 52nd annual canoe, kayak race


Steve Berzins of North Aurora and sons Logan (front) and Quinn push off from the Batavia start line on the Fox River during last year’s Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race. The 52nd annual race will take place June 2. (Provided photo)

AURORA – Registration is currently being accepted for the 52nd annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race. The race will take place June 2 on the Fox River.

The event – hosted by the Fox Valley Park District in Aurora – will feature two different lengths for paddlers to choose from: the 10-mile run begins in St. Charles and the six-mile run leaves from Batavia, with both races finishing at McCullough Park in Aurora.

The 10-mile race will begin at 9 a.m. and leave from Mount St. Mary Park in downtown St. Charles. The 6-mile race starts at 10:30 a.m. and leaves from the VFW in Batavia, just south of downtown.

Boats will be launched four minutes apart and in heats of 10.

There will be free shuttle buses beginning at 7:30 a.m. for participants and spectators. The shuttle will run continuously from McCullough Park to both starting sites.

There will be all-inclusive canoe and kayak discounted rental packages available with start – area delivery and rental boat finish-line pickup included.

There will also be a tailgate-style party for all paddlers and event attendees at the finish area – McCullough Park – which will feature food, prize drawings and vendors.

The awards, which were created at Blackberry Farm, will be given for first-, second- and third-place finishers in each division for both races.

Registered paddlers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, goodie bag, sub sandwich lunch with chips and drink and be eligible for prize drawings at the post-race party.

For more information or to register, visit Registration forms also are available at all park district community centers.

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