10th Annual St. Joe River Races

  • 28 Sep 2013
  • Veterans' Memorial Park - South Bend, IN


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Paddling and running races on the St. Joseph River!


Races for 2013:
  • Biathlon (Run-Paddle Challenge) – Winners based on cumulative time between 5K run and 3‐mile paddle. Paddle may be completed solo or as a team at 10:00 AM.
  • 5K Running Race – Running course may be completed alone without participating in paddling events.
  • Solo Paddling Race – 3 mile and 7.2 mile solo paddling events for canoes or kayaks in the morning.
  • Team Paddling Race – 3 mile and 7.2 mile team/family paddling events for canoes or kayaks in the afternoon.

Registration at Park Pavilion – North side of street with bathrooms. Park in lot by softball diamonds. Temporary parking and loading in launch area.

Special Recognition for "Iron People" who complete the Biathlon, 7.2 mile solo paddling race and 7.2 mile team paddling race.

Schedule of Events
7:30 AM – Registration Opens
8:30 AM – Pre‐Race Meeting
8:45 AM – 5K Running Race Start
10:00 AM – 3 Mile & 7.2 Mile Solo/Biathlon Paddling Race Start*
12:00 PM – Run‐Paddle Challenge & Individual Awards
1:00 PM – 3 Mile & 7.2 Mile Team Paddling Race Start**

Run Course Description: Race starts and finishes in Veterans' Memorial Park boat launch parking lot. Starts heading west (downstream) on river walk 1.5 miles to Howard Park footbridge turnaround.

Paddling Course Description: Race starts and finishes at the
Veterans' Memorial Park boat launch. All racers begin downstream to Howard Park footbridge turnaround. All racers return to boat launch for 3‐mile finish time. 7.2‐mile racers continue upstream around Kamm’s Island (counterclockwise) and return to boat launch for finish.

*Solo classes include:
Racing Canoe – C1 (USCA specs)
Production Canoe (most other canoes)
Open Racing Kayak – K1 (ICF and Unlimited)
Other Racing Kayaks as necessary (USCA specs)
Recreational Kayak (plastic, short, heavy)

**Team classes include:
4 Person Canoe or Kayak – C4, K4 (Unlimited)
2 Person Canoe – C2 (Pro Boats/Racing Canoes)
2 Person Rec Canoe – (aluminum and non‐racing canoes)
Family Class – (more than 2 family members)

For more information and course maps visit:

Or contact Matt Meersman at: paddleheadz@gmail.com or

Entry fee $20 per person (covers all races)

Proceeds benefit the "Clean Water Campaign"

Download Race Flyer Here

Friends of the St. Joe River Association, Inc.                                                                                                          
P.O. Box 1794
South Bend, Indiana 46634

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