59th Canton Canoe Weekend
Saturday, May 1st & Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
Pre-registration is required for all races and is limited to 150 paddlers!
Spectators are welcome!
Canton Canoe Weekend is one of the premier canoe race weekends in New York State! There are top-level competitions in solo and tandem racing canoes and kayaks. For 2021 we have shortened the pro and amateur race courses to 8 and 6 miles, respectively. The pro and amateur C-1/K-1 and C-2/K-2 races will be held on Saturday, May 1st. The C-1/K-1 race will be held on the Grasse and Little Rivers in the morning. The C-2/K-2 race will be held on the Grasse River in the afternoon. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the Pro race categories.
The Rushton Recreational Races of 1, 3, 5 and 8 miles will be held on Sunday, May 2nd on the Grasse River. These races are appropriate for all recreational paddlers.
We will not be holding the Joe Randi Rushton Relay Race this year because we cannot ensure adequate social distancing for the participants.
Race entry fees have been reduced for 2021, and we are offering a 50% discount on a second race for all paddlers participating in more than one race. All races start and finish at Taylor Park, Canton, NY.
Race T-shirts will be available to the first 25 pre-registered paddlers for each race, but are limited to one T-shirt per paddler for the weekend. Award ceremonies will follow each race.
Camping at Taylor Park will be allowed on Friday and Saturday night for out of town participants, but please remember to keep at least a 6 foot distance or wear a mask when in close proximity to others.
There will not be any onsite entertainment or food vendors at Taylor Park this year. Restaurants in Canton are generally open, but some are only open for takeout and/or may have reduced hours of operation.
As in past years, the restrooms will be supplemented with the addition of one standard and one accessible portable toilet. Hand sanitizer will also be available throughout the park during the weekend.
Racing Class Information
NYPRA is allowing the GRB C-1 Pro Concept boat to participate in the C-1 – Open class. However, race directors, at their discretion, may choose to establish a separate class for the GRB C-1 Pro Concept boat.
During the 59th Canton Canoe Weekend the GRB C-1 Pro Concept boat will be allowed to compete in the C-1 Pro and Amateur classes.
Race Entry Fees
10:00 AM - C-1 Pro & C-1/K-1 Amateur Races: 8 and 6 miles on the Grasse and Little Rivers.
1:30 PM - C-2 Pro, C-2 Amateur, K-2 Races:
8 and 6 mile races on the Grasse River.
10:30 AM - Modern Rushton Races: Appropriate for all recreational paddlers! Bring your canoe or kayak and join us for the recreational races of 1, 3, 5 or 8 miles.