Muskoka River X

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Muskoka River X

Winner of Two 2014 READERS CHOICE AWARDS from Get Out There Magazine
Shortlisted for the 2015 REEL PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR
OMCKRA 2016 Race of the Year
The longest single day expedition paddling race in the world.

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Muskoka River X Sprint – B Side
September 15, 2018

Back again for 2018 with a new format! Starting with the MRX Classic paddlers, Sprint Teams will paddle 58km of the North branch of the Muskoka River starting in Penninsula Lake, through Port Sydney before ending their journey in Bracebridge. For those paddlers who want an MRX experience at a shorter distance, not needing to tackle the upriver-overnight Stages 3 and 4, or wanting to race shorter under-17’ C2 Rec canoes, the MRX Sprint is a great way to start your career in expedition paddle racing. Limited Spots Available.

Muskoka River X Classic – B Side
September 15-16, 2018

The world’s longest single day expedition paddling race is back for its sixth year with a twist. Teams will paddle the same 130km route, but in the reverse direction. Starting in Penninsula Lake, teams paddle the North branch of the Muskoka River through Port Sydney to Bracebridge. Then they paddle upstream on the South branch of the Muskoka River to Baysville, finishing they race on Penninsula lake. Teams paddle two rivers systems, three lakes and 20 portages for a total of 130km in less than 24 hours. The Classic is completely self-supported. That’s right, no outside assistance, no support teams and no re-supplies. Considered the toughest single day canoe race in the world, the MRX Classic is not your traditional marathon-paddling event.   Challenge your self. Your expedition is waiting ~ The 2018 Muskoka River X Classic. Limited Spots Available.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

  • Start: Penninsula Lake, Huntsville
  • Finish: Bracebridge
  • Total Distance: 58.2km
  • Portages: 7
  • Estimated Duration: 6.1 hours to 11.6 hours

Stage 1: 28.5 km
Huntsville to Port Sydney
Stage 1 is a mix of flat-water lake and river paddling. Teams will depart from a location on Peninsula Lake and retrace the steam ship routes of the late 1800s, routes that connected communities on Muskoka’s northern lakes bringing supplies and travellers from the south. After leaving the canal between Pen and Fairy Lake teams will make their way into Huntsville, south to the historic Brunel Locks and down-river along the winding North Muskoka River. Hoping for calm waters and after making the north-south journey on Mary Lake teams will arrive at CP1, located at the Port Sydney Dam. Consistent with seasonal weather, you may experience early morning mist or fog making navigation challenging.

Stage 2: 29.8 km
Port Sydney to Bracebridge
Stage 2 is entirely a down-river paddle. As the morning moves on teams will leave Port Sydney and make their way south along the North Muskoka River towards Bracebridge. With a mixture of deep, slower moving water and fast swift water teams will navigate the rocky portages of Balsam and Duck Chutes and around the spectacular High Falls and its 65-foot drop. Continuing downriver teams will experience contrasting environments with the rugged Wilson Falls portage and urban-feel of Bracebridge Falls, portage staircases through the centre of town. For MRX Sprint teams, their journey will finish at CP2. For MRX Classic teams, many more hours of paddling will be enjoyed into the evening and for most, into the depths of night.

  • Start: Penninsula Lake, Huntsville
  • Finish: Penninsula Lake, Huntsville
  • Total Distance: 132.8km
  • Portages: 20
  • Estimated Duration: 13.9 hours to 26.5 hours

Stage 1: 28.5 km
Huntsville to Port Sydney
Stage 1 is a mix of flat-water lake and river paddling. Teams will depart from a location on Peninsula Lake and retrace the steam ship routes of the late 1800s, routes that connected communities on Muskoka’s northern lakes bringing supplies and travellers from the south. After leaving the canal between Pen and Fairy Lake teams will make their way into Huntsville, south to the historic Brunel Locks and down-river along the winding North Muskoka River. Hoping for calm waters and after making the north-south journey on Mary Lake teams will arrive at CP1, located at the Port Sydney Dam. Consistent with seasonal weather, you may experience early morning mist or fog making navigation challenging.

Stage 2: 29.8 km
Port Sydney to Bracebridge
Stage 2 is entirely a down-river paddle. As the morning moves on teams will leave Port Sydney and make their way south along the North Muskoka River towards Bracebridge. With a mixture of deep, slower moving water and fast swift water teams will navigate the rocky portages of Balsam and Duck Chutes and around the spectacular High Falls and its 65-foot drop. Continuing downriver teams will experience contrasting environments with the rugged Wilson Falls portage and urban-feel of Bracebridge Falls, portage staircases through the centre of town. For MRX Sprint teams, their journey will finish at CP2. For MRX Classic teams, many more hours of paddling will be enjoyed into the evening and for most, into the depths of night.

Stage 3: 45.7 km
Bracebridge to Baysville
Stage 3 is entirely upriver and follows the same route that Chief Bigwin and his family paddled in the late 1800s every spring as they made their way to summer settlements on Lake of Bays. Teams leave Bracebridge and paddle east then north along the South Muskoka River, arriving at the historic town of Baysville and CP3. Not only is Stage 3 the longest section of the race, it is also the most physically demanding with 11 portages ranging from a few meters to 1,283 meters. The first section of the river is wide, deep and slow moving. The presence of frequent afternoon/evening westerly winds may be appreciated before having to face the last 10km slog with strong current, swifts and a few sections that may even have teams lining boats. For most, the sun will have set long before they arrive at CP3 and for some, the early morning may be upon them.

Stage 4: 28.8 km
Baysville to Huntsville
Stage 4 is primarily lake paddling and Mother Nature will be defining factor. If it is clear and calm, the trip north on Lake of Bays will be brilliant. On the other hand, westerly winds, which are typical for this time of year, may sustain themselves into the night. Strong head winds are common when leaving Baysville with the fall of darkness and the risk of fog navigation skills may be tested as teams pick their way north, reaching various waypoints before arriving at South Portage. After completing the historic 1,700m portage from Lake of Bays to Peninsula Lake team will put in at Wolfbay Road and enjoy the last few kilometers of paddling on Peninsula Lake before arriving at the finish line.

FUN FACTS
  • Sunrise: 6:56 am
  • Sunset: 7:28 pm
  • Total daylight: 12 hrs 32 min
  • Average Daily High: 18.8˚C
  • Average Daily Low: 6.5˚C
  • Average Daily Temperature: 12.7˚C
  • Average Daily Wind speed: 12 km/hr
  • Average Monthly Rain: 111 mm
  • Average Days with Thunderstorms: 3
  • Average Days with Fog: 5

CATEGORIES

MRX: Sprint

C1 Solo - Male & Female

The same solo competitor completes the entire race on his or her own, without any outside assistance, using the same watercraft.

K1 Solo - Male & Female

The same solo competitor completes the entire race on his or her own, without any outside assistance, using the same watercraft.

SUP Solo - Male & Female

The same solo competitor completes the entire race on his or her own, without any outside assistance, using the same watercraft.

C2 Tandem - Male, Female & Co-Ed

The same pair of competitors complete the entire race on their own, without any outside assistance, using the same watercraft.

C2 Tandem Rec - Male, Female & Co-Ed

The same pair of competitors complete the entire race on their own, without any outside assistance, using the same Recreation class (length < 17 feet) watercraft.

MRX: Classic

C1 Solo - Male & Female

The same solo competitor completes the entire race on his or her own, without any outside assistance, using the same watercraft.

K1 Solo - Male & Female

The same solo competitor completes the entire race on his or her own, without any outside assistance, using the same watercraft.

SUP Solo - Male & Female

The same solo competitor completes the entire race on his or her own, without any outside assistance, using the same watercraft.

C2 Tandem - Male, Female & Co-Ed

The same pair of competitors complete the entire race on their own, without any outside assistance, using the same watercraft.

C2 Tandem Marathon - Open (New for 2018)

The same pair of competitors complete the entire race on their own, without any outside assistance, using the same watercraft.

WATERCRAFT SPECIFICATIONS

Open to Canoes, Kayaks and Standup Paddle Boards provided they meet the required specifications.
Please refer to the Watercraft Specifications document.

MRX Classic – Voyageur Class

Inspiration

Are you strong enough to be a Voyageur? According to Wikipedia, Voyageurs were the canoe transportation workers in organized, licensed long-distance transportation of furs and trade goods in the interior of the continent. The strength and endurance of the voyageurs was legendary. It was expected that each voyageur work at least 14 hours a day, paddle 55 strokes per minute and be able to carry two bundles across each portage between the lakes and rivers of the north woods. A bundle generally consisted of beaver pelts or other furs weighing about 90 lbs. on the way to Montreal, or 90 lbs. of trade goods coming from Montreal. A routine portage meant carrying 180 pounds across rugged terrain full of rocks, mud, mosquitoes and black flies. [reference]

River X Racing gives tribute to these legends of the fur trade with the Voyageur Class. By entering the Voyageur Class you opt to choose one of a dozen hand made wooden crates filled with locally crafted goods and to transport that crate from the Huntsville Town Dock, along the 130km Muskoka River X Classic route (Huntsville ~ Port Sydney ~ Bracebridge ~ Baysville ~ Huntsville), to its destination at the Hidden Valley Resort on Penninsula Lake. Your reward for accomplishing this arduous task? Bragging rights of course, and you get to keep the crate and all the goods that it contains.

The crate

The crate is a locally handcrafted wooden box of two sizes. For tandem canoes it’s approximately 2 feet long, by 1 foot wide and 1 foot high (2’x1’x1′). For solo boats, it’s approximately 1 foot square (1’x1’x1′). Crates will have handles and a tumpline head strap to assist in transport over portages. It would be familiar for those that know what a wanagan is. Crates are sealed shut prior to being picked up and must not be opened by voyageurs until they have arrived at their ultimate destination – the Hidden Valley Resort on Peninsula Lake. The exact dimensions, weight, and contents may vary from crate to crate. Voyageurs may select the specific crate they wish to transport during in-person registration/gear check on a first come first served basis. More details, photos, weights will be posted in the future.

The payload

The payload in each crate comprises a selection of locally produced goods possibly including, but not limited to: maple syrup, beer (for 19+ voyageurs only), dried meat, oats, honey, soap, and chocolate. Each box could also contain a door prize provided by one of Muskoka River X sponsors. The voyageur(s) will not know the contents of the crates until they arrive successfully at the destination. At the destination, the crates will be opened to reveal their treasure.

The mission

Your mission as voyageur: Paddle from the Hidden Valley Resort (the MRX start location) to the Huntsville Town Dock (River Mill Park). Load the previously chosen crate into/onto your watercraft. Continue along the entire MRX Classic course, paddling and portaging as required to transport the crate from pickup location to the ultimate destination at the Hidden Valley Resort in 24 hours or less.

Imagine you are a capable voyageur under the employ of the Hudson’s Bay Company, tasked with transporting goods from Huntsville to Bracebridge and then to the Hidden Valley Resort. Your compensation for this challenge, is that you are given all of the contents of the crate and the handcrafted crate itself….but not until you have successfully completed your mission.

The rules

  • The chosen crate must be transported by the paddler(s) throughout the entire MRX Classic course (Huntsville – Port Sydney – Bracebridge – Baysville – Huntsville) by the registered paddlers without outside assistance.
  • Voyageurs may bring wheels or additional straps/padding to assist in transporting the crate across portages.
  • The payload of the crates will be packed in a water-resitant fashion and resistant to bumps and knocks, but should not be considered water-proofed or drop-proofed. Care must be taken to keep the crate dry and in good condition. River X Racing is not responsible for damage to the goods contained within.
  • The goal of the Voyageur class is to add a fun yet challenging new objective to the MRX event. It is not intended to cause physical harm, or put participants at increased risk of physical harm. Participants should be in good physical condition and capable of carrying heavy loads over extended distances. Paddlers should immediately abort transport of the crate should their physical condition deteriorate such that transport would increase their risk of physical distress.
  • Participating voyageurs will be ranked by finish time in their appropriate watercraft category, receiving acknowledgement in the same way that non-voyageur paddlers in the MRX Classic do.

Success

  • Paddlers successfully transporting their crate through the MRX Classic route and delivering the crate to the dock at the Hidden Valley Resort on Peninsula Lake within 24 hours of their race start, will be given the crate and it’s contents to keep.
  • Tools to open the crate and inspect it’s contents will be available at the finish.

Failure

  • Should the paddler(s) not successfully deliver the crate to the Hidden Valley Resort via paddling/portaging within 24 hours of the start of the race, the crate and most of it’s contents will be forfeit. (See crates not delivered successfully below)
  • Voyageurs choosing to abort their mission early, may leave their unopened crate at one of the 3 checkpoints along the route (CP1, CP2 or CP3) and continue their MRX Classic journey without their crate. They may continue and will be ranked in the equivalent MRX Classic category.
  • Crates not being delivered successfully within 24 hours of race start will be returned to the Hidden Valley Resort by MRX staff/volunteers. The paddler(s) may choose to keep a number of the items from the payload (at the discretion of River X Racing organizers), but will not be given the crate or it’s entire contents.
  • River X Racing reserves the right to amend or alter the rules above to best achieve the objective of fairness and the participant’s enjoyment.

Registration for Voyageur Class

Registration fees for the Voyageur Class are added to the MRX Classic fees.

  • Solo (C1, Kayak, SUP) $50 + HST
  • Tandem (C2) $100 + HST

REGISTRATION

Confirmation List (updated 14 Aug 2018)

First 30
Paddlers

# 1-30

PaddlersSolo

  • $340 Sprint
  • $370 Classic

Tandem

  • $570 Sprint
  • $600 Classic
SOLD OUT

Next 30
Paddlers

# 31-60

PaddlersSolo

  • $350 Sprint
  • $380 Classic

Tandem

  • $580 Sprint
  • $610 Classic
SOLD OUT

Next 30
Paddlers

# 61-90

PaddlersSolo

  • $360 Sprint
  • $390 Classic

Tandem

  • $590 Sprint
  • $620 Classic
SOLD OUT

Remaining
PaddlersCURRENT PRICING

# 91+

PaddlersSolo

  • $370 Sprint
  • $400 Classic

Tandem

  • $600 Sprint
  • $630 Classic
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All prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD). Taxes not included.

Participating OMCKRA members will receive $8 cash when they show their membership at check-in.

Note:

  • For your convenience, register and pay online with Credit Card!
  • We will NOT accept cash, cheques, or Interac e-Transfers.
  • Important: Please review our refund policy stated in the Race Documents! Register with Extended Refund Policy allows you a full refund up to 2 weeks before the event. Register without Extended Refund Policy allows you to receive a partial refund up to 8 weeks before the event, and no refund within 8 weeks of the event.

VIDEOS

Seeing Is Believing

2014 Official Muskoka River X Documentary

Thanks to Andy Hansen of Pure Muskoka, who produced, directed and edited this professional mini-documentary of the 2014 Muskoka River X. MRX alumnus, Chris Near of Huntsville, helped Andy get to all the spectacular locations along the course. Armed with a drone, multiple GoPro cameras and a DSLR, Andy has captured and created a captivating testament to the challenge of the Muskoka River X and those that are driven to accomplish this epic expedition paddling race.Shortlisted-Film-Logo_300x294

2013 Muskoka River X

Andy Hansen

RESULTS

2017 Results for MRX Sprint

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2017 Results for MRX Classic

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2016 Results for MRX Sprint, Classic and Coureur des Bois Day 2

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2016 Results for MRX Coureur des Bois Combined

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2015 MRX Classic

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2015 MRX Coureur des Bois

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COMBINED

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DAY 1

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DAY 2