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Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race – June 5, 2016

June 4, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm



JUNE 5, 2016 RACE


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The beautiful Fox River is a gracious host for paddlers of all ages and all abilities – a memorable experience every time!

The historic Mid-Am… famously fun times! This popular canoe/kayak race is for paddlers of all ages and abilities, featuring 11 canoe divisions, 8 kayak divisions and 1 open (non-competitive) division. From the ultra-competitive, experienced  river runners to young families and newbies just wanting to enjoy a memorable paddling experience on the Fox River – IT’S ALL HERE!

  • Canoe and Kayak rental discount packages – just show up and your boat is waiting – and gets picked up afterward. Nice!!
  • Free shuttle service between the start and finish lines – including a large-capacity school bus for greater service
  • T-shirt, goodie bag and lunch included with registration
  • Group Discounts: Reserve your own heat and the 10th boat registration is FREE! Save up to $50 per group, per heat. Great for large families, Scouts, school organizations, paddling clubs, etc. Friends Float Together! You’ll all launch at the same time in the same heat!
  • Party in the Park at McCullough Park – apres-paddle fest featuring food, music, prize drawings, local vendor booths, live interviews with race participants and awards ceremony (1st, 2nd & 3rd in all divisions, both races) – INVITE FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS TO JOIN THE FUN – FREE ADMISSION!

St. Charles Race – 10 miles


Batavia Race – 6 miles

Pre-Race Packet Pickup (Optional)

Paddlers who have pre-registered can pick up their T-shirt, goodie bag, wrist band and boat number sticker at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora  during the following times:

  • Friday, June 3: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 4: 9 to 11 a.m.

You may also wait until race day; boat numbers will be given to you at the start area, and the other items (T-shirt, goodie bag, lunch ticket) will be waiting for you at the finish area.

Shuttle Information

  • Six shuttle buses will be running from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. / 2 school buses are among the fleet
  • Paddlers are advised to arrive at their start area at least 1 hour prior to launch time.
  • Travel times: Allow at least 1 hour from Prisco to St. Charles start area; allow at least 30 minutes from Prisco to Batavia start area.
  • Time guide examples: If your heat launches at 9:20 a.m. in St. Charles, board the shuttle at Prisco by 7:20 a.m. or earlier.
  • If your heat launches at 10:40 a.m. in Batavia, board the shuttle at Prisco by 9:10 a.m. or earlier.
  • Boats cannot be transported on the shuttle buses.

Best Shuttle Game Plan

  • Drive to your starting location (Mt. St. Mary Park/St. Charles or VFW/Batavia) and drop your boat in the secured “Canoe Corral” that is available at both sites.
  • Drive to finish area at McCullough Park (Route 31 and Illinois Avenue in Aurora). Participant parking is available in the Prisco Center lot and surrounding lots.
  • Enjoy a free shuttle bus ride back to your starting area.
  • After the race, your vehicle is conveniently waiting for you.

Contact Us

Registration, pricing and general questions: Contact Cody Kamp at 630-859-8606 or

For questions about boat rentals or river conditions – and to volunteer for a live interview at the post-race party (yeah, share your story!): Contact Jeff Long at 630-966-4527 or

2016 Race Results


Sponsorship Opportunities

Whether large or small, every sponsor plays an important role in helping to further strengthen our communities. With a shared, common goal, we all enjoy greater benefits by working together. By becoming a sponsor, your organization will gain heightened exposure among the most valuable demographic –  local residents. And as a result of sponsor support, the Park District is able to further expand the quality of its programs and offer a wide-variety of affordable events to our community. Fox Valley Park District sponsorship benefits provide your business with opportunities to:

  • Increase Business Visibility: Promote your brand, mission and message to a targeted audience
  • Connect with Communities: Support healthy, active lifestyles by interacting with event participants
  • Find the Right Fit: Flexible sponsorship options that fit your budget

Learn more about Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race sponsorship opportunities or District-wide sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Cathy Schwieger at

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!

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            Aurora – Orchard Road Cafe

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 Skyzone Logo Vertical Aurora


 55th Annual Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race

>> JUNE 5, 2016 <<


Long-time Mid-Am participants – and boat decorators extraordinaire – Thomas and Martin Cassell



June 4, 2017



Jeff Long






McCullough Park



150 W. Illinois Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506 United States
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