Recreational and professional paddlers alike will compete for fun and prizes on the Ohio River this weekend at the inaugural KFC Mayor’s Cup competition at Louisville’s Waterfront Park. The KFC Mayor’s Cup is a fun, family-friendly event with classes for canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP). Friday afternoon sprint races (500m and 1000m) will begin at 3 p.m. and Saturday morning at 9 a.m. there will be a distance race of six miles.
There will be men and women divisions in all races, plus divisions for canoes and kayaks under 15 feet and over 15 feet. T-shirts, medals, awards and cash prizes will be given out both days, including $500 cash prizes for the winners of the professional series races on Saturday.
“We’re all about adding new ways for people to be active and be healthy in our city,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This event will also be a fun way to reconnect to the river while supporting a great cause. Our goal is to make this an annual event.”
All net proceeds from the KFC Mayor’s Cup will benefit Dare to Care and the U.N. World Programme. The $25 registration fee will include a KFC Mayor’s Cup T-shirt, a finishing medal and two days of racing. Registration will be held Friday, 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. and Saturday from 7a.m. – 8:45a.m. at the Waterfront Park wharf behind Joe’s Crab Shack.
For more information on the KFC Mayor’s Cup, visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/specialevents/KFCMayorCup.htm
KFC Mayor’s Cup Schedule
Friday, September 30th
- 1:00 pm Registration Open
- 2:30 pm Registration Close
- 2:30 pm Mandatory Captains Meeting
- 2:40 pm Boat Launch and Warm Up
- 3:00 pm 500 Meter Race Start
- 3:45 pm 1000 Meter Race Start
- 4:30 pm Clear Course / Close Event
Saturday, October 1st
- 7:00 am Registration Open
- 8:30 am Registration Close
- 8:30 am Mandatory Captains Meeting
- 8:40 am Boat Launch and Warm Up
- 9:00 am 6 Mile Race Start
- 11:30 am Clear Course / Close Event
The American Canoe Association is partnering with KFC, the City of Louisville, Greater Louisville Sports Commission and the local paddling community to hold the event. Additional support comes from Creative Alliance, Louisville Area Canoe and Kayak Group, River City Canoe & Kayak, Skipping Fish School and Viking Canoe Club.
This event, which is open to both professional and recreational paddlers, takes place in conjunction with the National Paddlesports Conference and SUP Summit being held at the Galt House in Louisville this weekend.
Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation. The ACA has over 20,000 members, and 300 paddling clubs and affiliated organizations. The ACA sponsors over 1,400 events each year, including 200 races. The ACA education program has an estimated outreach of 800,000 people a year. www.americancanoe.org