Kayak-a-thon Event Details
Date: Sunday, September 10, 2023
Note: The event is rain or shine. In the event the forecast calls for conditions that would be unsafe (high wind, lightning, high water), we will adjust timing, locations, etc. as necessary for safety.
Time: We will launch our kayaks in Sunderland at 10:00am. We expect to arrive in Hatfield around 12:30pm, depart at 1:15pm and arrive in Northampton around 4:00pm. Stick around for a cookout from Servicenet's Rooster Cafe and entertainment from Pathlight's Friendship Band until 5:30ish!
Registration: Paddlers are encouraged to register before August 15th for an early bird discount!
There are 2 routes to choose from:
Sunderland to Northampton (12 miles) or Hatfield to Northampton (5 miles).
The registration fee includes an All Out Adventures Kayak-a-thon t-shirt and the post Kayak-a-thon cookout, catered by Servicenet's Rooster Cafe.
we will provide a kayak, PFD, paddle, and adaptations to All Out Adventures program participants who need them on a first-come first-served basis. Community members may reserve a kayak,canoe, or SUP to use in the event - limited by availability - for an additional $35 at registration to help us cover our costs for moving and transporting the equipment.
There is a fundraising minimum of $150 per person.
Need help navigating the registration page? Reach out by phone or email, and we'll be glad to help out!
The Distance: The main event is the 5 mile stretch from Hatfield to Northampton. For those who are seeking an extra challenge and who have some kayaking experience, we offer an early start in Sunderland for a 12-mile day. We recommend that only those with significant kayaking experience begin their day in Sunderland. If you are unsure, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your options.
Transportation: This is a one-way river trip from Sunderland or Hatfield to Northampton. Participants can either make their own transportation arrangements or take advantage of our shuttle after the event. Michael's Limousine and Bus Lines will be transporting people who need a ride in their 14 passenger, wheelchair accessible, mini bus following the event.
Weather: If there is severe weather that will compromise the safety of the event will will communicate a weather plan to all registered participants and volunteers. The event is too complex to reserve a rain date, but we will shift timing or locations, or offer up an alternative if needed for safety.
Equipment: All Out Adventures has a limited number of kayaks, Canoes, SUPs, PFDs, and paddles for program participants on a first-come, first-served basis. People who are not program participants will need to supply their own boat or SUP or pay $35 to rent one from us. We will loan pfds and paddles to anyone who needs them.
Required Equipment for all: kayak, properly fitted PFD (life jacket), paddle, snacks, water.
Please note: everyone on the water must wear a properly fitted (snug and fully zipped) life jacket at all times! This is an insurance requirement to participate in the event.
Support: All Out Adventures staff and volunteers will provide paddling instruction and support on the trip. You should have some experience paddling a kayak, canoe or SUP, and feel confident in your ability to paddle the full distance for which you have registered.
Post Kayak-a-thon Cookout: Please plan to join us at the end for a gathering with food, beverages, and entertainment. We encourage your friends and family also join us at the cookout. They should plan to arrive around 3:30pm so that they can cheer you on as you finish the event.
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