Delaware & Raritan Canal
Paddlers' Race

The last Sunday
in October

Advance registration is required.

Since the canal is wide and has gentle turns, a somewhat more interesting start will be used than in most other races. As many as 8 canoes will be started at once. The slowest boats first. Another group will be started as soon as possible. This will provide the shortest delay at the start and finish as well as a more competitive atmosphere. In contrast to the "lonely" or "are we still in the race" feeling, we hope to have a more "social" race. There are no overhanging trees, no sandbars and no "log jumps". There are 4 short portages . The first is at the Amwell Road bridge with take out on the right, cross the bridge and put in on the left of the canal. All the other portages are around the locks at mile 49, 51.5 and 53. They are about 100 yds each on the old tow path with gravel footing.

There are 2 other bridges with varying clearance. As shown on the printable map, there are several locations along the course where easy access will provide excellent viewing by spectators, so be sure to bring along your cheering section. You can also have your crew waiting at each check point.
PLEASE see the interactive map for more details.

The record time is 1 hour 25 minutes, however times usually average about 2 hours ( see last year's results ).

Each participant will receive a limited edition, collector's quality mug. Subsequent D&RC races will distribute additional mugs each of the same color and style with unique race dates.

Mulled cider will be served at the finish and hot chilli will be available for purchase.
There is a bathroom (YES!) available at finish. Bring dry clothes to change into after the race.

The race will start at the Canal House in Blackwell's Mills, south of Millstone .

There is limited parking at at the finish, the Van Wickle house , (15 minute drive from the start).

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Additional parking is available in Blackwells Mills, Just south of the bridge at on Canal Road Street view

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The first group will begin the race at 10:00.

Be sure to arrive before 8:30 so as to allow time to shuttle cars around.

All contestants must wear coast guard approved P.F.D.'s at all times. It is the responsibility of every contestant to stop racing and assist any other boat in trouble.

Lodging near by google hotels If you have any questions contact Dennis G German, at 862-210-9339

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