365 Things to Do in Memphis #144: Race Your Canoe (or Kayak) on the Mississippi
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 18th 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 at: https://racesonline.com/events/outdoors-inc-canoe-and-kayak-race#sthash.64JMzfUI.dpuf
The race starts at the north end of Greenbelt Park, at the mouth of the Wolf River and move into the Mississippi, under the I-40 bridge, past Mud Island and up into the Memphis Harbor to finish. Learn more about the route 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 at an Outdoors, Inc. locations by 6 p.m. on Friday, June 17. Check-in is Saturday, June 18th 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 18, 2016
Green Belt Park (on Mud Island)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.