It has been a tradition on the Jock River since 1972.
Over the last half century, the course has changed from time to time, and the paddlers have come and gone, but the Jock River Race remains the sign that spring is finally here in South Carleton.
This year’s Jock River Race drew a record 180 boats on a crisp day with a light breeze.
Warren Hastings, who won the race last year, was first across the finish line again. He was the only paddler to finish the 14 km race in under an hour with a time of 58:26. The average time was 1:33:42.
Hastings was the overall and kayak winner. The tandem canoe winners were Michelle Laprade and Ryan Stepka in 1:01:30. Max Finkelstein won the SUP category in 1:26:38. The family winners were Trystan Glynn-Morris, Vanessa Reshitnyk and Benjamin, Milo in 1:27:38.
Race organizers wanted to give special recognition to the Recreation Association Canoe Camping Club (RACCC) who has helped out the Jock River Race for 21 years by providing safety boats for the river. They have taken various first aid and rescue training classes and are all very capable paddlers.
The RACCC is a diverse and inclusive canoe club for adults and families. They have over 270 member of all ages and skill levels, over 250 events each year offered through flatwater, whitewater and family programs as well as numerous training opportunities. You can find out more on their website http://raccc.ca
Organizers also wanted to thank the many volunteers who come out to help and make the race possible.