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.

Distance: Two Routes to Choose From

You can paddle Sunderland to Northampton (12 miles) or Hatfield to Northampton (5 miles)

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 paddling experience and the ability to be on the water for long periods of time begin their day in Sunderland.  If you are unsure, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Day of Event Timing

  • launch from Sunderland at 10:00am
  • arrive in Hatfield around 12:30pm
  • launch from Hatfield at 1:15pm
  • arrive in Northampton around 4pm

Stick around for a cookout from ServiceNet's Rooster Cafe and entertainment from Pathlight's Friendship Band until 5:15ish!

Map of the CT River from Sunderland to Northampton

Registration (ends Sept 1st)

REGISTER HERE before August 17th for an early bird discount and to guarantee a signature Kayak-a-thon t-shirt in your choice of size!

The registration fee includes an All Out Adventures Kayak-a-thon t-shirt (for paddlers registered before August 17th), snacks and the post Kayak-a-thon party.

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 loading and transporting the equipment.

Need help navigating the registration page?  Reach out by phone or email, and we'll be glad to help out!

Fundraising - $150/person

In addition to the registration fee, we ask all paddlers to raise a minimum of $150 which directly supports the 180 low or no cost outdoor recreation programs that we run every year for people of all ages and abilities.


Required Equipment for all:  kayak/canoe/SUP, properly fitted PFD (life jacket), paddle, snacks, water, sunscreen

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 at registration to rent one from us.  We will loan pfds and paddles to anyone who needs them.

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.


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.


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.

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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