Registration Open Now for the Spartan River Run Kayak Race

July 13, 2019

You won't want to miss this annual event to race down the Pere Marquette River in a kayak! This event is sponsored by Paddle Sports Factory Outlet and Smith & Eddy Insurance.

The event schedule is as follows:



7-8am - Check-in for the Scottville to Ludington Race
7-8am - Scottville to Ludington Race begins (heats)
7:30-8:30am - Check-in for the Triathlon
8:30am - Triathlon Race begins with group bike ride
9:30-10:30am - Check-in for Custer to Scottville Race
10:30-11am - Custer to Scottville Race starts (heats)
1-2pm - Awards for ALL races

Race #1 Scottville to Ludington:


* 12 river miles by canoe or kayak.
* Vessels may be a single or tandem canoe, single or double kayak.
* Scottville to Ludington participants are responsible for getting their vessels to the starting area and there will be a shuttle of vessels from Ludington back to the Scottville Riverside Park.
* Check-in starts at 7am at Scottville Riverside Park.
* Racers will start in flights of 3-5 participants, with the first flight leaving at 7:30am. Last group needs to leave by 8am. The river course to Ludington will be marked and there will be a checkpoint approximately ½ way to Ludington.
* Divisions: Age/Gender/Vessel (Singles: Male and Female 18-25 & 26 and over; Double/Tandem Male, Female, and Co-Ed Divisions combined ages: 36-50, & 51 and over) The top three finishers in each Division will receive awards.

Race #2 Triathlon:


* 12 mike bike, 4.7 mile run, and 4.7 mile paddle.
* Vessels may only be single canoe or kayak.
* Check-in starts at 7:30am.
* Participants are responsible for getting their vessels to the Custer Road Bridge Launch Area There will a security person on site to watch over your gear/vessel. Your gear left there will be transported to the Scottville Riverside Park. Tagged and identified for you. The Triathlon racers will start the bike ride as a group at 8:30am.
* Divisions: Age/Gender/Vessel (Singles: Male and Female 18-25 & 26 and over) The top three finishers in each Division will receive awards.
* Start with approximately a 12 mile bike ride starting at the Scottville Riverside Park. South on Scottville Road to Chauvez Road, East to Custer Road, then north to Wilson Road, West to Scottville Road and North to Scottville Riverside Park. Once back at the Park you will change to run approximately 4.7 miles to the Custer Boat Launch Area. Route: South on Scottville Road to Conrad Road, East to Custer Road, north to Launch site. Your bike and gear will be in a secure area monitored by a security person until you come back for your items. When you reach the Custer Bridge Launch Area your canoe or kayak will be waiting for you to race to Scottville Riverside Park. Participants must get their vessel to the Custer Bridge area themselves.



Race #3 Custer to Scottville:


* 4.7 river miles by canoe or kayak.
* Vessels may be a single or tandem canoe, single or double kayak.
* Check-in starts at 9:30am.
* Racers will start in flights of 3-5 participants, with the first flight leaving at 10:30am. Last group needs to leave by 11am.
* Divisions: Age/Gender/Vessel (Singles Male and Female will be 18–25, 26–32, 33–39, 40–49, 50+; Double/Tandem Male, Female, and Co-Ed Divisions combined ages 36-50, 51-64, 65-78, 79-99, 100+). The top three finishers in each Division will receive awards.

Race Details:


* Must be 18 years of age or older.
* Entry fee: $25 per participant prior to July 12th. On July 13th the entry fee will be $30 and be registered by 8am.
* NO REFUNDS, event held rain or shine.
* Participants may also register at Paddle Sports located in Scottville. Checks need to be written to MCC Ed Foundation.
* Kayaks will be limited to 14 feet.
* Racers are responsible for their own PFD, paddle, vessel, and bicycle.
* Canoes must be propelled with a single blade paddle. Kayaks with a double-bladed paddle. Bent shafts are permitted.
* Participants MUST show a USCG approved PFD’s at the start of the race. NO Cushions to be used as PFD’s.
* Absolutely NO ALCOHOL BEVERAGES during the race.
* If you do not finish the race, you must notify a race official.
* Awards Ceremony at approximately 1pm at Scottville Riverside Park.
* Registered Racers will receive a complimentary lunch.
* Failure to abide by the above rules will result in disqualification.

For more information, contact Gary Andersen at gandersen@mccedfoundation.org
or (231) 690-0633. To register, visit eventbrite.com.




Discover More Area Lakes and Rivers to Explore via Canoe or Kayak...


Ludington State Park on Hamlin Lake -- Explore Hamlin Lake and surrounding waterways, starting from the State Park canoe and kayak trails.
Hamlin Lake Area Canoeing and Kayaking -- Hamlin Lake offers so many neat areas to explore on a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board, including upper Hamlin Lake and three different bayous.
Canoe or Kayak the Pere Marquette River near Scottville -- The moderately fast current, the clear water, and the low degree of stream bank development have all helped to make this river a mecca for those who canoe or kayak.
Explore the Lakes and Rivers of Pentwater -- Paddle the forks, estuary, and the head of Pentwater Lake on a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board.

For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:


West Michigan Map
Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.





Last Updated: 07-17-2019 12:57 PM ID: 1861