General Clinton Canoe Regatta Goes On ‘Virtually’
One of the rites of spring in Central New York is the General Clinton Canoe Regatta. For well over a half century this race, the longest flat water canoe race in the United States, has run its course from the headwaters of the Susquehanna River at Otsego Lake in Cooperstown to Bainbridge, N.Y., some seventy miles down river. Thousands have participated in this event both as contestants, onlookers along the regatta route, or at the festival held in Bainbridge near the finish line.
The good news is that the regatta will go on for 2021. In other news, it will be all done virtually.
From Friday May 28 until Monday May 31, canoe race participants, on their own, are encouraged to complete the route, from Cooperstown to Bainbridge, and submit their results All racers must provide their own GPS tracker this year. After you finish your race you must submit your GPS proof as well as proof that you have followed all of the canoe regatta rules. Once that is verified, you will receive a race shirt and a certification of completion. The entry fee is $30 per person which will cover insurance and the T-shirt.
Because of the difference in operation of this race this year (due to COVID), everyone is encouraged to visit the General Clinton Canoe Regatta website to examine the rules and changes.
There will be no festivities at General Clinton Park in Bainbridge on race day this year.
In this time where pandemic is changing so many things we have come to expect and enjoy over the years, we applaud the race organizers for pulling something together in these challenging times. And we look forward to getting back to normal for the 2022 regatta.
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