May 2013 Newsletter

By May 12, 2013 Uncategorized

BIG EAST RIVER X – Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Big East River X is only 6 weeks away.  It will be a great day on the water for families and recreational paddlers enjoying some friendly competition along a safe and sheltered 9km route.  With plenty of categories, everyone is welcome including family teams, bantams, and adults.  Try your hand racing canoes, kayaks and even stand-up paddle-boards.

Calling all pro-boats, competitive stock boats, kayaks and SUPs!  The Big East River X will also be a great day for competitive marathon paddlers looking for a longer early season race.  At 40km, the Marathon race will have teams paddle from Huntsville into Lake Vernon up the Big East River.  Teams will make their way to the 20km point, just past the Hwy 11 bridge and return along an out-and-back route.   Located in the heart of Muskoka, this event starts and finishes in downtown Huntsville, Ontario.  Whether you’re looking to get into long distance paddle racing, training for the Muskoka River X, or wanting a new adventure, the marathon event is for you.

Both the 9km Family/Rec and the 40km Marathon events are sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association

In addition to a full day of paddling and friendly competition, your $30 registration covers all of the event permits, insurance, logistical support, first aid at the start/finish and 20km turn-around, and a post race BBQ at The Cottage Bar and Grill.

Please make sure that you check out our web site and review the Competitor Details and maps at


BIG EAST RIVER X Pre-Registration Incentive

Thinking of racing the Big East X? Don’t waiting until race-day.  Register now and get two chances to win!

Pre-Register using our on-line registration before May 26th and you are eligible to win 2 tickets to see THE SHEEPDOGS & THE SADIES at Huntsville’s Band on The Run ½ Marathon. Yes…we did say THE SHEEPDOGS and THE SADIES! Only at Ontario’s best new running-music festival. (

 Sheepdogs  sadies

Also, pre-register using our on-line registration before June 9th and you are eligible to win a limited edition Salus Ungava pfd with custom Muskoka River X logo embroidered on the back. Salsus…the best pdf on the market! (


That’s two great opportunities to win, just for registering before race-day.

 Visit and start your adventure.



Please be advised that the previous posting alerting you of a change to the Staging Area for the Big East River X has been removed.  The Town of Huntsville is working to repair their town docks and thus we will be able to use the River Mill Park on Saturday, September 15th, 2013.  Our apologies for any confusion.

Please see the map below for location of the Staging Area and the post race BBQ.Map



Still dreaming of paddling the full 128km Muskoka River X?  We are holding a waiting list and teams are continuing to line up!  Some teams have still have not paid their registration fees; they have until the end of May 2013 to make payments in full.  If we do not receive their payment by the end of May 2013, they will forfeit their registration and we will start registering teams off the waiting list.  So, if you are currently a registered team and have not yet paid your registration fee, please make your payment before the end of May 2013 or risk loosing your spot to those who would love nothing else than to find their way to the start line.  If you are not already registered and want to paddle the might MRX, get your team on the waiting list so you are next in line when June 2013 rolls around.  Want to get on the wait list? Visit


MUSKOKA RIVER X Bling: Jackets, PFDs & Caps

If you’re planning to put in the effort to complete the 128km of the MRX, then you deserve to wear a bit of bling commemorating your achievement!  And we have just the thing…

The North Face Bionic soft-shell jacket with a 10×8 60,000 stitch full colour MRX logo embroidered on the back.  Color is black.  There is limited availability: We only have 21 men’s Large and 25 men’s Medium.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone: $150.00

Limited edition Salus Ungava pfd with full colour MRX logo embroidered on the back. Salsus…the best pdf on the market!  Limited availability:  $100.00

Pro-Style polyester/spandex dobby knit Cap with full color MRX logo embroidered on the front.  Fitted style with full back closure.  Color is black.  S/M (56cm) or L/XL (58cm): $25.00.

If you want a North Face Bionic, Salus Ungava or Pro-Style Cap email with your specific request indicating which items you would like (jacket vs cap), the sizing, and quantity.  We will email you details on how to make a payment.  Jackets will go to those who complete their payment on a first-come/first-serve basis.  Caps will be ordered only for those who have completed their payment by July 12, 2013.  Your gear will be waiting for you at registration.



Racing the Big East River X or the Muskoka River X?  Need something to paddle?  Missing a requirement off the Mandatory Gear List?  Algonquin Outfitters has everything you need to get to the start line.  Not sure whether to rent a Swift Winisk, Temagami or Keewadyin?  Contact Gord (  He will give you all the advice you need and make sure that you are properly outfitted for the 128kms of the MRX!



Avantura has been selling and renting SPOT trackers worldwide since 2008.  Avantura is our supplier of SPOTS and our Live-Tracker map.  Now you can get your own SPOT.  Share your adventures with your friends and family and have piece of mind in the event that the unexpected happens.  Our friends at Avantura are offering you a “Muskoka River X Special”.

  • SPOT-2
  • Free Shipping (valued @ $15.00)
  • Free Flotation Case (valued @ $19.00)
  • Free 1 year tracking (if activated before June 1/13) (valued $49.99)
  • $109.00

Contact Avantura directly at or




Facebook-AO-Loon-Logo-183x183   We would like to send loads of thanks out to our Title Sponsor Alongquin OutfittersRich Swift, owner of Algonquin Outfitters, and the rest of his crew Gregg, Will, Gord, and Chase have been huge supporters of the Big East X and Muskoka River X.  With AO’s long heritage of supporting wilderness, backcountry tripping, and with Rich being a long time canoe racer, AO is a natural partner for the Big East and MRX.  When you come through Muskoka, Algonquin Park, or Haliburton don’t miss the chance to check out Algonquin Outfitters.  Votes the best place to get gear by EXPLORE Magazine, Algonquin Outfitters have EVERYTHING you need for all your outdoor pursuits.

the_cottage_200x126  Hungry in Huntsville? Check out the menu at The Cottage Bar and Grill.  With the best patio on the Muskoka River, it is the perfect place to watch the start and finish of the Big East and Muskoka Rive X races.  The Cottage will also be THE place to hang after the races are finished, as they will be hosting our post meals and awards.

king_william_inn_175x103  King William Inn, located only 600m from the start/finish line of the Big East X and Muskoka River X is THE place to rest your head in downtown Huntsville.  Being walking distance from the River Mill Park, it is the best park-and-race accommodation in town.  Freshly renovate and with drive-up room, the King William is a racers dream.  No need to haul gear up and down elevators.  Prep out of the back of your vehicle and leave it in the parking lot on race day.

Tulip Inn Looking for a place to stay in the natural surroundings of Huntsville, look no further than the Tulip Inn.   With the turn-around for the 40km Big East X marathon race located on their secluded sandy beach on the Big East River, the Tulip Inn is your other option for resting your head before and after the race.  All rooms are drive-up and they even have kitchenettes.  Only a 5 min drive from the start-finish line.

salus_200x57  Need a personal flotation device?  You will for the Big East X and Muskoka River X.  Check of the full line of Salus marine wear.  There is a Salus model for everyone’s paddling needs: The BEST in personal flotation.  Made in Canada and available at Algonquin Outfitters!

badger_logo_84x150  Hand-crafted paddles in the heart of Muskoka!  Get yours at Algonquin Outfitters!  We can’t wait to see the MRX paddle trophies that Mike from Bradger will be making.  If you manage to win your MRX category, you will get your name engraved into one of these beauties and hung on the wall of AO’s Huntsville store for years to come.  You’ll be a legend!

Johnnys-Boat-Shop-Embroidery  He may not be a doctor but he is a magician:  When you haven’t been kind to your boat, John can do miracles.  John is the guy in Muskoka that major rental fleets go to for repairs.  From composites to canvas, John will bring your boat back to life.  Trust me…..


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