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DONE for 2023! Dates for 2024 coming soon.



Coming to the new Lyman P. White Park in 2023!

DATE- JULY 29th, 2023.

Let’s get outside, together. Registration opens 5/22/2023.


Join us for a morning of fun and activities for the whole family.

  • Details TBD

UPRIVER PADDLING RACE INFORMATION- 3.5 miles (upriver 1.75 miles then back to start/finish)

FEES- $40 per entry 

Race day 

  • 7:45 am- Boat drop-off
  • 8:30 am- Race briefing
  • 8:45 am- First group line up
  • 9:00 am- Canoe & Bike Raft start
  • 9:15 am- Kayak start
  • 9:30 am- SUP (stand up paddleboards) start
  • AWARDS presented after all races complete

Mass start/launch  from Lyman P. White park (East River Rd. across from the high school football field)

Course- paddle upriver from Lyman P. White park to Evergreen landing (1.75 miles) then around the mid-point buoy at Evergreen Landing and return to the start/finish. (Bike/Raft competitors will start by choosing their own route to Evergreen landing, then paddling back to Lyman P. White park).

Top 3 finishers in each category receive an award / all racers receive a race t-shirt PLUS new for this year the 'Lantern Rouge' (last finisher) award for each category along with 'Best Costume' and 'Best Decorated Watercraft'.

*river course will be patrolled by Crow Wing County Sheriff watercraft and Lifeguards stationed at start and mid-point of the course.

**bike route is not patrolled and racers are responsible for their own safety and adherence to local regulations and traffic laws.





8:00am- Boat/bike drop-off

8:30am- Race briefing/information

9:00 am- Canoe Race begins

9:00 am- Bike Raft Race begins

9:15 am- Kayak Race begins

9:30 am- Paddleboard Race begins

approximately 11:15- awards ceremony

Upriver Race Rules


  • A YMCA waiver must be complete prior to participation. All YMCA behavior and code of conduct rules are applicable.

  • All boats must be registered in the state of Minnesota except watercraft currently registered in another state and not kept in Minnesota for more than 90 consecutive days, or a watercraft owned by a person from another state that does not require licensing of that type of watercraft and it is not within Minnesota for more than 90 consecutive days, or watercraft from a country other than the United States and not kept in Minnesota for more than 90 consecutive days. 

  • All racers must wear a properly fitted, wearable (Type I, II, III) U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water. Failure to wear a PFD at any time while on the water may result in disqualification. PFD’s must be in serviceable condition.

  • All Bike/Raft racers must have a bike in safe and operable conditions, wear an appropriate helmet, and obey all applicable traffic laws. There is NO support on the bike leg and racers are responsible for ensuring their own safety.

  • The original craft must be paddled (human powered/non-motorized) from start to finish. 

  • Participants must wear their race number/bib with it visible to race officials and safety staff at all times.

  • Littering is not tolerated and participants caught littering will be disqualified with no refund and reported to authorities.

  • In the event of severe weather, the event will be cancelled with no refund. Participants are responsible for their own safety and should make decisions based upon their level of skill and ability in the conditions at the time of the race.