Explore the Chicago River with the Flatwater Classic

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

October is nearly here.
To us that means one special thing: Friends of the Chicago River’s Flatwater Classic.

Sign up for this athletic, invigorating and exploratory river trip.
Paddlers begin the 7.25 mile course at Clark Park (3400 N. Rockwell) and paddle south the finish at Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown (300 W. 19th St.). Along the way, participants enjoy all of the visual splendor that the Chicago River has to offer, including the wooded riverbanks of the north side neighborhoods, industrial corridor surrounding Goose Island, and awe-inspiring vista of downtown as seen by the river.

Not familiar with the Flatwater Classic? It is a celebration of our fine river as a place of recreation and habitat for over 70 birds species and 60 fish species. The Chicago River Flatwater Classic is the only canoe and kayak race on the Chicago River where 10 – 12 teams compete for the Voyageur trophy. The race then opens up to hundreds of individual racers and non-competitive participants.

Teams can register with Friends of the Chicago River today

If you are little squeamish about the competition, be sure to register as an event volunteer and spend a great day in the fall sun.

Need more reasons to get out there?

Friends of the Chicago River founded the Flatwater Classic in 2000 to give people a chance to see the Chicago River and learn for themselves why it needs their help. The goal is a clean, accessible river shared by the people, plants, and animals that call our watershed home.

Contributed by E.O. member, Britt Wiley / Sponsored by Friends of the Chicago River