10th Annual Huron River Canoe Challenge
June 17th, 2017 @ Gallup Park, Ann Arbor
Racers Note: new location for Parking and Sign-In!
Registration and parking for all events is at the "Gallup Park Boat Launch" on Geddes Rd, between US 23 and Huron Parkway.
The Huron River Challenge is a sanctioned paddling event of the Michigan Canoe Racing Association designed to bring an exciting day of canoe racing to the Huron River in Ann Arbor.
C-1 Professional Race (10:00am) $15.00 [$10 pre-registration]
+ Juniors (10:00am)
The kickoff to the Huron River Canoe Challenge will feature 20 - 30 solo canoes in a 6 mile race around Geddes Pond. This event will begin at 10:00 am with a mass start in Gallup Park and feature 1 large lap between US23 and Furstenburg Nature Area. Registration begins at 9:00 am at the Gallup Park Boat Launch.
C-2 Professional Race (12:30 pm) $30.00/boat [$20 pre- registration]
(Expert 2 $20.00/boat [$15 pre-registration])
The highlight event of the Huron River Canoe Challenge will feature up to 30 professional canoe racing teams competing in a "marathon style" event. The course is 14 miles long and includes a portage at the Geddes Dam. This event will begin with a mass start in Gallup Park. Registration at the Gallup Park Boat Launch.
Mentor Race (After C-2 Race) $FREE
The Mentor Race will commence upon the completion of the C-2 race. The race course will be a short circuit on Geddes Pond.
Food and Awards (After C-2 Race)
Join us for lunch and awards following the races.
Download Entry Form (PDF Document)
Download HRCC Event Waiver (PDF Document)
For Preregistration, please Postmark by June 3th, 2017.
Gallup Park Boat Launch
3000 Fuller Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI
(also if coming from East or West along I-96)
I-75 South to US23 South. When near Ann Arbor follow signs for M-14 E/US23 South. Take exit #39 for Geddes Rd. Turn right (west) on Geddes Rd. Continue west approximately 1 mile. The entrance to Gallup Park Boat Launch parking lot is on the left prior to the Huron Parkway intersection. Registration at the Gallup Park Boat Launch.
(also if coming from East or West along I-94)
US23 North to Exit #39, Geddes Rd. Turn left (west) on Geddes Rd. Continue west approximately 1 mile. The entrance to Gallup Park Boat Launch parking lot is on the left prior to the Huron Parkway intersection. Registration at the Gallup Park Boat Launch.
***If the Gallup Park Boat Launch parking lot is full, please use the main Gallup Park lot just west of Huron Parkway.
Gallup Park is one of the most popular recreation places in Ann Arbor. Bike paths run along almost the entire length of the race course. There are also playgrounds for the kids. Grills and picnic tables will be available for MCRA racers and families. The park is very popular, so the MCRA will receive a lot of exposure. Please try to make yourself available after the races to answer questions people might have about the MCRA and canoe racing in general. For information and a map of Gallup Park, go to: http://www.a2gov.org/government/communityservices/ParksandRecreation/parks/Features/Pages/Gallup.aspx
The nearest campgrounds are located in Ypsilanti and Brighton. There are several hotels and motels in the Ann Arbor area if you wish to stay overnight.