The second annual Hell or High Water Race will be held on May 1, 2010.

This year we have a ton of activities surrounding the event including free clnincs from Level Sixathletes Billy Harris and Airborne Athletics, a mass expedition to the Upper Petawawa on Sunday, sea kayak and flatwater demos, and for the non-racer or shutterbug, aPhotographer's Shootout.

Dinner, live band, party, prizes and a new event for this year... the Ottawa Valley Raft Championships. Get a team and get in on it. The rafts go before the kayaks, so you can do both.

We had great media coverage, and great attendance. We even promise, to try keep the emergency response teams out of the water this time.

Proceed from the event will be going to two worthy causes: Whitewater Ontario and Soldier On.

All the details are on and very shortly the pre-registration will be open for getting it all sorted on line.

Register via e-mail to

$5 buys you into the race, and possibly a chance at a rafter-cross later in the day. This covers your Whitewater Ontario insurance only. Feel free to make a larger donation if you like. We will have shirts available for purchase, as well as some raffle prizes and such.

Cash or cheques can be brought to the Registration table the morning of the event. If you prefer to pay in advance, let me know when registering.

Racer's Itinerary: All times are TBD on registration.:

1000 – 1200: Racer Registration at Catwalk / Centennial Park (sign waiver, assignment of start times) Practice and Training Runs

1200 – 1300: Get your kit together, do your shuttles, grab some lunch, choose your lines, get your @ss to Railroad for the start.time.

1315: Race participants photo (Railway bridge, Railroad Rapid)

1330 – TBD:
Racers depart in one-minute intervals
Short boats and long boats will race together, but the "class" will be noted on their time.

Notes on Boats and Classes:
1. Must not have a discernible keel or skeg. No sea kayaks or downriver boats.
2. Classes are CREEKBOAT (any length) and PLAYBOAT (shorter than 7' 6").
3. If in doubt, you're in the creekboat class.
4. Must be plastic. No fibreglass in this race. You have your own races.

** If interest exists, a boatercross will be held after the last individual race.

* If you are also interested in joining a raft team, let me know and I may be able to find you a spot.. make it a true Ironman day!

Speed rules. Fastest boat to the bottom wins.
No gates. No bonus points for style.
Boats depart at 2-minutes intervals at a set time (as previously assigned.)
Their arrival time at the finish is recorded.
Race time is established.
Don’t argue with the timekeepers, they’re volunteers and this is a fun race.

The Petawawa River “Town” Section is a roughly 3 km stretch of river with rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV, and opportunity to push the limits in both directions if you wish to try harder lines. The race course will be roughly 1 km of this section, covering two Class III+ rapids and one Class III, with some boogie in the middle.

All racers should be expected to be competent paddlers in Class 3+ rapids. ("At a minimum, the Main Channel Ottawa should no longer make you nervous.") Scouting and paddling the course in advance is highly recommended, both for safety and for speed.

The Race Course will be run from the major river right eddy at Railroad Rapid, and end when the racer touches the marker in the large eddy below Catwalk Rapid (town hall).

Racers are responsible for being ready to go at their assigned time. If you aren’t ready, too bad. NO EXCEPTIONS.

We rely heavily on the support of the local community. Please give generously. If we get some sweet prizes, we'll share them, starting with the winners and working out way down until they are gone.

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