RACE RESCHEDULED due to multiple obstructions in the river. New Date 10/21/2017!
Come join the Florida Competition Paddlers Association for the
inaugural running of the Ocklawaha River Race on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The race has 5 and 10-mile options, and is
open to all paddle craft. This race is
free but participants must pay the park’s day use fee ($5).
The race starts at Gore’s Landing which is located approximately
18 miles NE of Ocala. Racers will paddle
upstream (south) to round a turning mark and then back downstream to finish
where they started.
Without a doubt, this is the most pristine and beautiful
section of the Ocklawaha. The river is
narrow, winding and completely undeveloped as it cuts through the Ocala
National Forrest. The water is generally
deep with steady current (1+ mph) but there are some underwater obstructions. Paddlers will not see a single dock or house,
but will see lots of wildlife. There are
wild monkeys in the area so keep a watch on the trees.
Gore’s Landing is maintained by Monroe County and charges a day
user fee of $5 per vehicle. There is a
restroom, plenty of parking and primitive camping is permitted. It is recommended that you bring a picnic
lunch for after the race, because the closest restaurant is about 15 miles away
in Silver Springs. Additional info can
be found at: http://www.marioncountyfl.org/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/40/663
Note – This area is VERY remote and cell coverage is limited. Bring your bug spray!
Location: Gore’s Landing: 13798 NE 98th St, Ft McCoy FL
Registration: 9am on site.
(Online preregistration via Paddleguru or Facebook is appreciated and
will help us anticipate the number of participants)
POC: Mark Nye, firstname.lastname@example.org
The FCPA was formed in 1976 to coordinate and promote the
sport of canoe and kayak racing in Florida.
The FCPA hosts approximately fourteen free recreational races across the
state of Florida each year. To be
eligible for the annual points championship, you must be an FCPA member which
costs $10 annually. FCPA members receive
a free meal at the awards banquet and a monthly email newsletter which contains
a race schedule, race results, articles written by members and member
FCPA races are very high-stake affairs, with expensive
ribbons awarded to winners in each division.
Annual points champions are awarded a coveted T-shirt during the annual
meeting/awards banquet (following the Silver Springs Race) in December. Divisions are established using the USCA
age/gender designations and the following boat classifications:
Paddle while standing – Paddleboard
Paddle while sitting:
With two-blade paddle – Kayak
With single-blade paddle – Canoe
has outrigger – OC
NOTE – All participants are responsible for
carrying safety equipment required by law.