Kumu'ohu Challenge 2018

The members of the Washington Canoe Club are pleased to invite you to the 14th Annual Kumu'ohu Challenge on the Potomac River. This is both the season opening race of the East Coast Outrigger Racing Association sanctioned OC1/OC2 points series and the Mid-Atlantic SUP racing season.  In addition to outrigger and SUP, classes will include surfski, sea kayak, and ICF sprint canoe/kayak. Come celebrate the spring thaw with a great day of paddling and camaraderie in the Nation's Capital.  

The race course is on the relatively protected water of the Potomac River, beginning and ending in front of the Washington Canoe Club on the beautiful Georgetown waterfront. The OC1/OC2, surfski, and sea kayak course will be 15 km, while the SUP and sprint canoe/kayak course will be 8 km. Note: Both races will be run concurrently.

Each participant must have in his possession a PFD, Type I, II, III, or V approved by either the US Coast Guard or the District of Columbia and each boat must have at least one whistle while on the water. Please plan accordingly. In addition, SUP paddlers are encouraged to wear leashes.

Results will be posted on this website at the conclusion of the race.  

Parking:  Parking is not available at WCC for members or guests.  There is ample pay parking along the Georgetown waterfront.  In addition to the limited street parking, there are several parking garages available. Parking garage information can be found at http://www.georgetowndc.com/transportation/parking.

Allow extra time for parking and walking to the race venue.  See schedule for times when there will be someone at the WCC gate to assist with boat/board drop off.

Registration:  Last Day of registration is Tuesday, April 11th. There will be no race-day registration.  Please register for the race online.  

Shirts for sale:Technical T-shirts for men and tank tops for women will be available for purchase at the race. They are $25 each but we can only accept cash or a check made payable to Friends of the Washington Canoe Club. 

Saturday, April 14

8:00-10:00 AM:  Boat/board drop off and race check in
        10:00 AM:  Race start
          1:00 PM:  Award ceremony and lunch 

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Bill Hoker1Surfski SingleGolden Masters 60+Guy
Audrey Dannenberg2OC-1Golden Masters 60+Girl
Steve Dullack3OC-1Masters 40+Guy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

15K Race:  Beginning at the WCC dock, paddle across river to Virginia shore and behind Roosevelt Island.  Continue downstream past 14th St. Bridge and turn counterclockwise on the first red channel marker on the DC side of the river.  Remain on the DC side of the river back to WCC. Continue upstream 2 km to buoy and back to WCC, finishing at the WCC dock.

8K Race:  Beginning at the WCC dock, paddle across river to Virginia shore and behind Roosevelt Island.  Continue downstream and turn around the second arch on the Virginia side of Memorial Bridge.  Then work your way to the buoy in front of the Kennedy Center and follow DC shore back to WCC.  Continue upstream for 2 km, round buoy and paddle back to WCC, finishing at the WCC dock.

We reserve the right to change the course due to river conditions on the morning of the race.
3700 Water Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007


Apr 14, 2018


Washington, DC