River X Racing is proud to bring a new marathon paddle race format to North America.
The Algonquin Outfitters
24-Hours of River X
June 17-18, 2017
A 24-hour marathon paddling race where solo, tandem, and relay teams race against the clock to complete as many laps of a 12km course as possible in 24 hours. The 24-Hours of River X. Time is your toughest competition.
Not only a marathon paddle race, the Algonquin Outfitters 24-Hours of River X is also about teammates, families and friends coming together as a larger paddling community and sharing the camaraderie of friendly competition. The Algonquin Outfitters 24-Hours of River X is a great weekend of paddle sport racing hosted within a festival-style camp site in the heart of downtown Huntsville.
How does the race work?
Teams are stationed out of a central event headquarters; River Mill Park, Huntsville, Ontario. Each team is assigned an area in the park from which they have support, and transition relay team members. Teams paddle from River Mill Park, along the Muskoka River to Fairy Lake. Following the sheltered western shore of Fairy Lake, teams make their way to the historic Brunel Locks where they complete a short portage at the turn-around zone. They then retrace their route to the transition zone at river mill park. Upon arriving at River Mill Park, teams exit the water and portage their watercraft through the transition area, confirming their lap with race marshals and receiving support and resupplies from support teams. Relay teams can change their paddlers within the designated transition zone. Teams then re-enter the Muskoka River and complete the process all over again, paddling as much as they can (or as little as they want) for 24-hours. The team that completes the most laps will be crowed the winner, in each category.
The Venue: River Mill Park, Huntsville, Ontario
Located in the town of Huntsville, it is easy to understand why this is the perfect place to host the Algonquin Outfitters 24-Hours of River X. River Mill park is centrally located in the heart of downtown Huntsville. Surrounded by dock-side restaurants, boutique shopping, a short portage from drive-up accommodations, and with Muskoka’s premiere outfitter, Algonquin Outfitters, located right next door there is lots to do for the family, friends or teammates waiting for their next lap. There is even a fully stocked playground on site for the kids. The park features a large open grassy area, band stand, and parking for overnight vehicle camping. And with dockside access to the Muskoka River and the expansive Muskoka watershed this setting is natural stadium for paddle sport racing. Located about 2.5 hours from the greater Toronto area, 4 hours from Ottawa and 5.5 hours from Windsor, its easy to see why the Algonquin Outfitters 24-Hours of River X is a great weekend of fun and competition.