On the water in St. Charles (Aug. 29)

August 27, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a mom who wants to get into kayaking, and ever since I’ve been musing on the fact that, with all the waterways around St. Louis, you’d think you’d hear more about the sport than you do. So today I’m going to try to remedy that a little, by sending you out to an event in St. Charles where amateur and advanced paddling enthusiasts rub elbows. It’s the Race for the Rivers Festival on Saturday (Aug. 29).

The festival starts about 11 a.m., about an hour before participants in the Race for the Rivers (the advanced) and the Clean Water Challenge (the amateur) are expected to float into the finish line at Frontier Park after setting off in Washington, and Weldon Springs, respectively, earlier in the day. The 65-mile Race for the Rivers continues on Sunday to the Columbia Bottom boat ramp near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi; the amateurs are done after Saturday’s 20-mile jaunt.

Spectators can watch the finish or concentrate on the canoe and kayak displays, the live music from noon to 8 p.m., the various vendors and the kids’ activity area.


One Response to “On the water in St. Charles (Aug. 29)”

  1. We all hope you were able to come out to festival and talk to the racers!

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