All teams can choose to compete for the trophy by entering the Practically Professionals race, or if you prefer … run just for the fun of it by entering the Ambitious Amateurs race.
!! New from 2014 !! The Main Race is run in two parts with a staggered start: first out at 12:45pm “Practically Professionals” (female-female, male-female & male-male teams) competing for the Overall Winner Trophy. Then about 10 minutes later (1:00pm or a little earlier) come the “Ambitious Amateurs” (female-female, male-female & male-male teams) competing for medals. "Next Generation" participants (parent-child 12-17 teams) and "Truly Tenacious" participants (both canoeists 65 or older) qualify to compete in the “Ambitious Amateurs” race.
The race starts at The Dock at Crayton Cove. The race lanes are located west of the markers. The path runs parallel to the City Dock, then through the small cove facing Naples Yacht Club, then north to the Riverwalk at Tin City, which is the halfway point. The return trip is the same course in reverse. The diagram below outlines this year’s course; additional copies are available at the Dock and Riverwalk Restaurants.
The Theme Canoe Parade and Tippycanoe VIP Sprint, staged before the main race, run on a shortened course in the City Dock area.