Summertime in Cincinnati wouldn’t be the same without the annual Ohio River Paddlefest. It’s the largest paddling celebration in the country, and this will be its eighteenth year. Mark your calendars for August 3, 2019.
What is Ohio River Paddlefest?
It’s a 9-mile float through downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to Gilday Riverside Park that draws more than 2,000 participants each year. You can travel by canoe, kayak or other human-powered craft. It’s also a chance to support Adventure Crew, a nonprofit that provides outdoor recreation for city teens. The revenue from Paddlefest provides about one-third of their budget.
What’s on the schedule?
You can race or paddle at your own pace. In fact, there are 2 races to choose from – a 4.2-mile race to the Roebling or the full Nati/NKY Nine Mile race that runs the full length of the course. Either way, you can enjoy the course highlights including Music from the Rhythm on the River bands who play from stationary houseboats along the way, a Paddle Wheel Pit Stop right below the National Steamboat Monument, and The Mill Creek Mile where members of the local yacht club will talk about its history and its comeback. Everyone is also invited to the opening Paddle Party and the final Finish Line Festival where you can enjoy great music, food, and special exhibits. Volunteers will also be on hand if you want help loading and unloading your boat.
How can I participate?
Check the website for registration and ticket information for recreational paddlers and racers. Prices start at $55 per adult for recreational paddler registration. For racers, prices start at $55 for the 4.2-mile race and $65 for the 9-mile race.
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