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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MRX - Classic

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 ofBalsam 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 center 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 ofBalsam 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 center 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 a 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.

WATERCRAFT SPECIFICATIONS

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

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