The first annual 3-day David Thompson Paddlesport Classic will be held on Lake Revelstoke August 18 – 20, 2017. The lake is long and narrow, stunningly beautiful, with clear turquoise water and surrounded by the snowcapped mountains of the Selkirk and Monashee ranges. The event is named after explorer David Thompson who was the first European to descend the river in a home-made canoe in the early 1800’s .
Participants will paddle and portage 125km following the path of David Thompson’s canoe on the Columbia River from Mica Creek to Revelstoke. More than a race, the “Classic” expects to become an annual highlight of the paddling community with a field of over 200 canoes, kayaks, war canoes, SUP’s, outriggers and rowboats - about 800 enthusiasts!
The sheer beauty of the lake should attract many recreational paddlers to come and spend three summer days with family and friends. The age range of the participants will be 10 to 75 and up in many boat and age classes. It will attract marathon and competitive canoe enthusiasts but also a large contingent of “in it to finish” folks in an OPEN TOURING Class. All participants receive a T-shirt, snacks, a shuttle back to their vehicles and a post-race BBQ meal.
Awards will be presented to the first 3 places for each competitive class and mileage pins will be presented to all those who beat the daily cut-off times. The BBQ and awards ceremony will complete the agenda near the finish line. The event is limited to 100 boats. Entry deadline is July 15.
More information and Entry Forms are available at www.paddlerevelstoke.ca or by phone at 250-814-7473 or by mail at P.O. Box 78, Revelstoke, BC, V0E 2S0. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Revelstoke Paddlesport Association is a not-for-profit BC Society, a member of Canoe Kayak BC, whose purpose is to develop, provide and promote recreational and competitive paddle sports activities and events in and around the city of Revelstoke.