Paddle the Canal–Downtown Huntsville

April 22, 2017 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Big Spring Park Canal

Join us for the first ever "Paddle the Canal" Time Trials in Downtown Huntsville. You can register as an individual, team of two, or team of four as you race the clock down Big Spring Canal, around Thrasher Fountain, and back. Team scores consist of team memeber's individual best times added together.
Registration categories include novice, expert, and costume (non-timed). Registrants can bring their own kayak/canoe or borrow one for a small fee during the event. Prizes awarded for Top 3 in each category.
Your registration includes event t-shirt, guarantee of 3 course runs, and access to private Paddlers Park event area.
For more details, email


How do I rent a kayak?
Kayaks will be on site the day of for $5/use cash.

Where should I store my own kayak/canoe?
We will have security on site Friday and Saturday, including overnight, so you can drop off your canoe/kayak Friday night and be set!

How do I choose my category?
When you register it will not ask you to pick a category. You will receive an email before the race asking you to select one.

How long is the race?
About 520 meters

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Minimum age to paddle is 18 years old

Can my child ride with me in the kayak or canoe?
Yes, as long as your bring your own vessel

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Paid parking will be available for registrants and guests at the VBC South Hall Parking Deck and Monroe Street Parking Deck. Kayak/canoe drop off areas will also be available behind the VBC South Hall.

What can I bring into the event?
No glass bottles are permitted. No outside alcohol is permitted. No weapons. No large predators.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please email

What's the refund policy?
Event is rain or shine unless severe weather is present.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Nope. We'll have your name on a list at the event.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
Sure, if you'd like. Just let us know who you transfer it to.

Booking Form

Online bookings are not available for this event.

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