Kayak-a-thon Event Details

Date:  Sunday, September 11, 2022
Rain Date:  Sunday, September 18, 2022

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 and entertainment!

Registration:  Paddlers are encouraged to register before August 29th for an early bird discount!  Paddlers may register as individuals or as part of a team of 4 people. 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. 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.   In addition to the registration fee, there is a fundraising minimum of $150 per individual or $500 for a team.

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.

Weather:  We will re-schedule if there is severe weather (lightning, heavy rain, high winds) that can create unsafe conditions on the river.  Please keep the rain date open; we have used it several times!

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

Support:  All Out Adventures staff and volunteers will provide paddling instruction and support on the trip.  You should have some experience paddling a kayak 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 special 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a fundraising minimum?

All Out Adventures is committed to providing low or no cost outdoor recreation programming to people of all abilities.  We operate about 180 programs each year for just a nominal cost to participants.  In order to continue to offer our programs for no or low cost, we must raise approximately $200,000 through different sources each year.  The Kayak-a-thon is our signature fundraising event, and the $150/boat or $500/4-person team minimum ensures the continued success of the event and the viability of our organization.

How do I go about fundraising?

Our most successful fundraisers ask several people for a little bit of money.  If you are kayaking 12 miles, you only need to ask 12 people to sponsor you for $1.5/mile!  Co-workers, family, and friends would all be likely to part with $12.50 to support your participation in the event.  Alternatively, you can approach a few people for more money.  It would only take 5 people to each sponsor you for $30.  Still nervous?  Give us a call for advice, tips, and encouragement!  Or, join up with a team so you can share the fundraising responsibilities. We're here to help!  We will supply fundraising information, including pledge sheets and assistance with setting up online giving, once you have registered.

Which distance should I pick?

12 miles is a long, but manageable distance.  We strongly recommend that first-timers or those who are unsure of the best distance either choose the 5-mile option or opt to go in a tandem kayak with a more experienced kayaker.  Those who have good physical and mental stamina may choose to challenge themselves with the 12-mile option.  Though we stop in Hatfield mid-way, those who choose the 12-mile option should be prepared to paddle the entire distance.  We are not able to assist paddlers in ending the event early except for emergencies.

How long will the event last?

We expect to arrive in Northampton around 4:00pm.  However, many factors - including the kayaking strength of the group and the strength of the river current - impact our timing.  You will want to allow plenty of time in your day's schedule for us to arrive in Northampton later than that.  We typically wrap up the event around 5:30pm.

What else should I know?

Imagine being on the water with 80 other people in kayaks, canoes and SUPs!  It's an amazing feeling, and a wonderful, fun, supportive event in which to participate.  We paddle as a group toward one goal:  raising the funding necessary to keep low or no cost outdoor recreation programming accessible to Veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities and their family and friends.

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