Muskoka River X

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2017 MRX

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MRX - Sprint
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MRX - Classic
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MRX - Coureur des Bois

Muskoka River X Sprint
September 16, 2017

Back again for 2017! Starting in Huntsville with the MRX Classic paddlers, Sprint Teams will paddle 80km over Stage 1 and 2 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
September 16-17, 2017

The world’s longest single day expedition paddling race is back for its fifth year. 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 2017 Muskoka River X Classic. Limited Spots Available.

Muskoka River X Coureur des Bois
September 15-17, 2017

The River X crew announced an expansion course to the Muskoka River X Classic in 2015. Building on the heritage of the canal expeditions of the 1800’s, the Coureur des Bois will challenge even the most experienced expedition and marathon paddlers. Teams will travel along the expedition routes of these early explorers as they traverse Algonquin Park east to west from Whitney to Oxtongue Lake. After an overnight layover at Oxtonque and using only the supplies that are carried with them, teams will then start with the MRX Classic in Huntsville on day two. The Coureur des Bois’ will complete stages 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the MRX Classic before returning to Huntsville. At approximately 220km in 48 hour or less the Coureur des Bois is entirely self supported with no re-supplies. Challenge yourself in what promises to be one of the ultimate expedition paddling races in the world ~ the 2017 Muskoka River X Coureur des Bois! Limited spots available.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Stage 1: 33.5 km
Huntsville to Baysville
MRX Stage 1 (Google Earth)
Stage 1 is primarily lake paddling. The race will start in downtown Huntsville at River Mill Park. Paddling east along the Muskoka River into Fairy Lake, teams will continue east into the canal that links Fairy and Peninsula Lakes. As teams pass the legendary Deerhurst Resort, they will continue paddling east to the take-out at Wolfbay Road. At Wolfbay Road teams will portage 1700m from North Portage (Peninsula Lake) to South Portage (Lake of Bays). From South Portage, teams will paddle 20km south on the large and expansive Lake of Bays, arriving at Baysville. Baysville is location of Checkpoint #1 and ends with a 218m portage around the Baysville dam.Consistent with seasonal weather, you may experience early morning mist or fog making navigation challenging. By the time teams reach Lake of Bays, expect the wind to have increased; head winds are common when leaving South Portage and the exposure of Lake of Bays also brings risk and challenge associate with wind and wave.

Stage 2: 45.7 km
Baysville to Bracebridge
MRX Stage 2 (Google Earth)
Stage 2 is entirely downriver. Teams will leave Baysville and paddle the South Muskoka River, arriving at the historic town of Bracebridge, the location of Check Point #2. Not only is Stage 2 the longest section of the race, it is also the most physically demanding. Included in Stage 2 are at least 11 portages ranging from a few meters to a 1283m portage around the Muskoka Falls hydro dam. The first 10km of the river will present teams with numerous opportunities to line their boats or portage over shallow, swift moving rocky rapids. The remainder of the river is wider, deep and slow moving, although the presence of westerly wind may be a factor later in the day.

Stage 1: 33.5 km
Huntsville to Baysville
MRX Stage 1 (Google Earth)
Stage 1 is primarily lake paddling. The race will start in downtown Huntsville at River Mill Park. Paddling east along the Muskoka River into Fairy Lake, teams will continue east into the canal that links Fairy and Peninsula Lakes. As teams pass the legendary Deerhurst Resort, they will continue paddling east to the take-out at Wolfbay Road. At Wolfbay Road teams will portage 1700m from North Portage (Peninsula Lake) to South Portage (Lake of Bays). From South Portage, teams will paddle 20km south on the large and expansive Lake of Bays, arriving at Baysville. Baysville is location of Checkpoint #1 and ends with a 218m portage around the Baysville dam.Consistent with seasonal weather, you may experience early morning mist or fog making navigation challenging. By the time teams reach Lake of Bays, expect the wind to have increased; head winds are common when leaving South Portage and the exposure of Lake of Bays also brings risk and challenge associate with wind and wave.

Stage 2: 45.7 km
Baysville to Bracebridge
MRX Stage 2 (Google Earth)
Stage 2 is entirely downriver. Teams will leave Baysville and paddle the South Muskoka River, arriving at the historic town of Bracebridge, the location of Check Point #2. Not only is Stage 2 the longest section of the race, it is also the most physically demanding. Included in Stage 2 are at least 11 portages ranging from a few meters to a 1283m portage around the Muskoka Falls hydro dam. The first 10km of the river will present teams with numerous opportunities to line their boats or portage over shallow, swift moving rocky rapids. The remainder of the river is wider, deep and slow moving, although the presence of westerly wind may be a factor later in the day.

Stage 3: 29.8 km
Bracebridge to Port Sydney
MRX Stage 3 (Google Earth)
Stage 3 is entirely upriver paddling. Teams will leave Bracebridge, paddle north along the North Muskoka River and arrive at the small town of Port Sydney. Although the North Muskoka River is generally wide and slower moving, expect overall padding speed to be reduced by 1-2km/hrs as a result of the current. Additional features that make Stage 3 physically demanding include 5 portages, most notably a rugged 360m, 65 vertical feet uphill portage around High Falls. Teams will also be faced with portages over the rocky faces of Balsam and Duck Chutes, both with put-ins against current. Stage 3 finishes with a 650m portage ending at the Port Sydney dam where Mary Lake feeds the North Muskoka River. As the day moves on, teams will be racing against impending darkness and the challenges associated with navigating at night.

Stage 4: 19.4 km
Port Sydney to Huntsville
MRX Stage 4 (Google Earth)
Stage 4 is a mix of flat-water lake and river paddling. Teams will depart Port Sydney and paddle north on Mary Lake to where it is fed by the North Muskoka River. Teams will paddle up-river, portaging around the Huntsville Locks and into Fairy Lake. From Fairy Lake, teams will make their way north into the Muskoka River and the Finish Line at the River Mill Park. Although stage 4 is the least demanding of the all sections, most, if not all teams will be completing stage 4 under the cover of darkness and will be navigating by headlamp, compass, and map.

MRX Coureur des Bois Stage (Day 1)
Distance: 89 km, 16 portages (4800m)
Whitney to Oxtongue Lake
The River X crew announced an expansion course to the Muskoka River X Classic in 2015. Building on the heritage of the canal expeditions of the 1800’s, the Coureur des Bois will challenge even the most experienced expedition and marathon paddlers.  Teams will paddle the routes of the canal expeditions leaving Whitney and traveling west through Galeairy, Rock, and Whitefish Lake. After traversing Lake of Two Rivers, teams will make their way to Cache and Smoke Lake. From Tea Lake teams navigate downriver on the Oxtongue River before finishing Day One with a long and exhausting portage around the mighty Ragged Falls. With 89km and 16 portages (4800m) under their belts, the Coureur des Bois will enjoy a mandatory overnight at Oxtongue Lake. Day 2 will begin with an early morning shuttle to Huntsville where they will join the Classic and Sprint teams on the start line. Coureur des Bois teams will finish the MRX Classic Stage 1 at Baysville and continue on with Stages 2, 3, and 4. Traversing the wilderness of Algonquin Park and circumnavigating the Muskoka River system, the Coureur des Bois is truly the ultimate in backcountry expedition racing.

Stage 1: Day 2 of the MRX Coureur des Bois
Distance: 24.7 km
Dwight to Baysville
Stage 2 is lake paddling. The race will start on Lake of Bays at Dwight Beach. Paddling south, teams will join the MRX Classic teams as they come out of Portage Bay. Teams will continue south on the large and expansive Lake of Bays, arriving at Baysville. Baysville is location of Checkpoint #3 and ends with a 218m portage around the Baysville dam.Consistent with seasonal weather, you may experience early morning mist or fog making navigation challenging. Head winds are common south of Portage Bay and the exposure of Lake of Bays also brings risk and challenge associated with wind and wave.

Stage 2: Day 2 of the MRX Coureur des Bois
Distance: 45.7 km
Baysville to Bracebridge
MRX Stage 2 (Google Earth)
Stage 2 is entirely downriver. Teams will leave Baysville and paddle the South Muskoka River, arriving at the historic town of Bracebridge, the location of Check Point #2. Not only is Stage 2 the longest section of the race, it is also the most physically demanding. Included in Stage 2 are at least 11 portages ranging from a few meters to a 1283m portage around the Muskoka Falls hydro dam. The first 10km of the river will present teams with numerous opportunities to line their boats or portage over shallow, swift moving rocky rapids. The remainder of the river is wider, deep and slow moving, although the presence of westerly wind may be a factor later in the day.

Stage 3: Day 2 of the MRX Coureur des Bois
Distance: 29.8 km
Bracebridge to Port Sydney
MRX Stage 3 (Google Earth)
Stage 3 is entirely upriver paddling. Teams will leave Bracebridge, paddle north along the North Muskoka River and arrive at the small town of Port Sydney. Although the North Muskoka River is generally wide and slower moving, expect overall padding speed to be reduced by 1-2km/hrs as a result of the current. Additional features that make Stage 3 physically demanding include 5 portages, most notably a rugged 360m, 65 vertical feet uphill portage around High Falls. Teams will also be faced with portages over the rocky faces of Balsam and Duck Chutes, both with put-ins against current. Stage 3 finishes with a 650m portage ending at the Port Sydney dam where Mary Lake feeds the North Muskoka River. As the day moves on, teams will be racing against impending darkness and the challenges associated with navigating at night.View MRX Stage 3 in a larger map

Stage 4: Day 2 of the MRX Coureur des Bois
Distance: 19.4 km
Port Sydney to Huntsville
MRX Stage 4 (Google Earth)
Stage 4 is a mix of flat-water lake and river paddling. Teams will depart Port Sydney and paddle north on Mary Lake to where it is fed by the North Muskoka River. Teams will paddle up-river, portaging around the Huntsville Locks and into Fairy Lake. From Fairy Lake, teams will make their way north into the Muskoka River and the Finish Line at the River Mill Park. Although stage 4 is the least demanding of the all sections, most, if not all teams will be completing stage 4 under the cover of darkness and will be navigating by headlamp, compass, and map.

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.

MRX: Coureur des Bois

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.

REGISTRATION

Register Early and save!

First 30
Paddlers

# 1-30

PaddlersSolo

  • $280 Sprint
  • $380 Classic
  • $530 Coureur des Bois

Tandem

  • $480 Sprint
  • $580 Classic
  • $880 Coureur des Bois

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Next 30
PaddlersCurrent Price

# 31-60

PaddlersSolo

  • $300 Sprint
  • $400 Classic
  • $550 Coureur des Bois

Tandem

  • $500 Sprint
  • $600 Classic
  • $900 Coureur des Bois
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Next 30
Paddlers

# 61-90

PaddlersSolo

  • $320 Sprint
  • $420 Classic
  • $570 Coureur des Bois

Tandem

  • $520 Sprint
  • $620 Classic
  • $920 Coureur des Bois

Remaining
Paddlers

# 91+

PaddlersSolo

  • $340 Sprint
  • $440 Classic
  • $590 Coureur des Bois

Tandem

  • $540 Sprint
  • $640 Classic
  • $940 Coureur des Bois

All prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD). Taxes not included.

Participating OMCKRA members will receive $5 cash when they show their membership at check-in.

Note:

  • New for 2017 – For you 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 registration insurance allows you a full refund up to 2 weeks before the event. Register without registration insurance 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

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