365 Things to Do in Memphis #144: Race Your Canoe (or Kayak) on the Mississippi
Updated May 2017
Grab your canoe or kayak and get in the water during the Outdoors, Inc. Canoe and Kayak Race. The annual race is assignment #144 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis.
More than 500 people will dip their paddles in the water for the June 17, 2017 race, which is one of the largest canoe and kayak races in the Southeast.
The races are open to anyone, but expect some hardcore competition. In the past several years, the race has drawn Olympians, world champions and amateurs from all over the world to compete for cash and prizes.
The start of the race will be at the mouth of the Wolf River. The course will take us out of the Wolf River into the Mississippi River; down under the I-40 bridge; past Mud Island Park and up into the Memphis Harbor to finish. See more here.
During the race, the coast guard will have all barge traffic stopped and the harbor patrol will be on duty.
If you’re planning to participate you have to register by June 16 at 6 p.m. at an Outdoors, Inc. location. It’s $60 per person. Check-in is Saturday, June 18 at 7 a.m. at race start site, north end of Greenbelt Park.
For those of you who just want to watch, the races start at about 10 a.m.
June 17, 2017
Green Belt Park (on Mud Island)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.