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The Island Paddle Fest is a 5.5-mile kayak, canoe, and paddleboard race around "The Island" in historic Columbus, Mississippi. The race will begin and end at the downtown Columbus Riverwalk. Paddlers will be followed by a Party Pontoon and will be met on shore with music, food, and raffle prizes. Registrants are also invited to a pre-paddle party to be held the night before the race in downtown Columbus, MS. The paddler with the craziest river story will win a cool prize!
Wanna come, but need a place to hang your life vest? This year we've partnered with the brand new Holiday Inn Express to provide all participants with a special group rate for stay.
We've also added two new racing categories for extra excitement. If you're very competitive, we've created a separate category for racing kayaks, and if you're just in it for the fun, we now have a fun paddle!
Men's and Women's Kayak: $40
Men's and Women's Racing Kayaks: $40
Men's and Women's Canoe: $40
Men's and Women's Paddleboard: $40
Tandem Paddle: $40 per registrant
Fun Paddle - No Trophy: $20
Registration in all categories except for the fun paddle comes with a guaranteed t-shirt for those who register by May 19th. T-shirts will be for sale on-site at $10 each. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. on June 2nd, 2018 and races will begin at 8 a.m.
All proceeds benefit the Lowndes County Imagination Library, a nonprofit affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Parents can sign children up to receive a FREE book every month from birth to five years old. Studies show that early exposure to age-appropriate books and reading with parents can make a significant impact on a child's early literacy skills. Help us give our children the literacy jumpstart they deserve by signing up to race with us towards Kindergarten Readiness!
**Please note this is a Bring Your Own Boat event, so don't forget to bring your canoe, kayak, or paddleboard! Life vest required to race. Children under 18 must have an adult sign a waiver to ride alone.**