St Regis Canoe Classic on Spitfire and St Regis September 23rd

The Twenty-fourth Annual St. Regis Canoe Classic is Sunday, September 23rd featuring over twenty-five categories including recreation, standard, and racing canoes, kayaks and one and two man guideboats.

The course takes paddlers through Lower and Upper St. Regis Lakes, as well asSpitfireLake, and runs about seven miles. With another course running about 4.5 miles.. registration will take place from 8am to 9:30 a.m. at Paul Smith’s College.

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All paddlers will hit the water with a mass start at approximately 10am in front of the Paul Smith’s College campus on Lower St. Regis Lake.  The boats will soon separate as they head in two directions across the lake, depending upon their category and division.  Nine categories of amateur (racing) boats will take off on an 11-mile trek, while three kayak categories and seven stock canoes classes will embark on the seven-mile St. Regis Lakes loop.  These racers will paddle across Lower St. Regis Lake,SpitfireLakeand the North Bay of Upper St. Regis Lake.  All athletes will carry their crafts over the one-half mile esker and place their boats in the water of theSt.RegisRiverbefore returning to the finish line at Paul Smith’s College campus via Lower St. Regis Lake.

There will also be a C-4 & C-2 collegiate division. With the school year just beginning, this allows first time paddlers a chance to get in on the action while the water is still warm. It is hoped that this will help open the doors to collegiate competition with this being an annual event for colleges in the area.

The St. Regis Canoe Classic has separated the respective C-1 and C-2 racing categories for those paddlers under and over 50-years-of-age.  In addition, for those over 60, this event features the C-1 Veterans Amateur (racing) class.  These age divisions are often the most hotly contested, as these paddlers race against each other throughout the summer months throughout the Northeast.

Sea and touring kayak paddlers are encouraged to participate in the seven-mile St. Regis River Loop.  These paddlers will certainly enjoy paddling their long kayaks over the historic St. Regis Chain of Lakes, but will be challenged to the max as they haul their long kayaks over the half-mile carry.

The event also features a 4.7-mile canoe race for recreational canoe paddlers and guideboat rowers.  Race organizers hope that eliminating the half-mile carry for the guideboat course will entice more guideboat rowers to participate.

The six recreational categories include:  Adult/Youth as well as the Recreation Masters Men and Youth Recreation classes.  Youth Recreation paddlers must be 14-years of age or younger.  Athletes in this category may also choose to compete in the Fledgling event as well.  Those in the Adult/Youth category will be allowed to paddle either a recreational or traditional standard canoe.

The Recreation canoes are restricted to canoes over 55 pounds and no longer than 17’ 6” in length.  This 4.7-mile course extends to the former power day and returns to the starting line at Paul Smith’s College.  Novice canoe paddlers in can easily complete this route just over an hour.  It is a great introduction to canoe racing without the pressure of being left behind by the regular canoe racers over the lakes.

Competitors will register their boats from 8am to 9:30 a.m. near the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake on the Paul Smith’s College campus.  The entry fee will include a post-race meal hosted by Sodexo dining services.  Specially designed ceramic mugs will be awarded to the top three boats in each category.

Entry forms and information may be obtained by contacting Kirsten Domas at (518) 327-6389 or via e-mail at


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