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The Big South Fork River Dash presented by Beinthewater is back again in it's second year. This event will be last event of the inaugural 2017 Kentucky Waterman Series, serve as our awards ceremony site for the overall Kentucky Waterman Series, and is one of the last paddlesports race of 2017 in the upper Southeast; making it a perfect way to end the season. Paddlers will have a chance to experience the beauty of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, one of our country’s great frontiers through a flatwater river dash down the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River while being surrounded by scenic gorges, sandstone bluffs, and lush forestland. New for this year is the addition of a 3.5 & 14 mile course. This is a spectacular paddle sports event you do not want to miss! Also EKI plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from this event to hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. We want to do our part to help our fellow citizens in need!

Transfer/Refund Policy

Entry fees are non-transferable. Race credit is available for future Kentucky Waterman Series Events.

Sponsors

Schedule of Events:

Friday,NOvember 10th

  • 5:00 P.M: Alum Ford Campground Check-In (Located at at the end of State Hwy 700, Whitley City, KY 42653)

Saturday, November 11th

  •  8:30 A.M: Registration & Check-In at Alum Ford Boat Ramp ( Located at at the end of State Hwy 700, Whitley City, KY 42653)
  •  9:30 A.M: 14 Mile Racer Meeting at Alum Ford Boat Ramp 
  • 10:00 A.M: 14 Mile Race Start
  • 10: 15 A.M: 8 Mile Racer Meeting at Alum Ford Boat Ramp

  • 10:30 A.M: 8 Mile Race Start

  • 11 A.M: 4 Mile Race Meeting

  • 11:30 A.M: 4 Mile Race Start

  • 3 P.M: Dinner at McCreary Heritage Hall (14 Bridge StreetStearns, Kentucky)

  • 4 P.M: BSF Awards Ceremony/Kentucky Waterman Series Awards Ceremony at McCreary Heritage Hall

Events

 

4 Mile Short Race

Saturday, November 11

Boat Drop off/Check - In: 8:30 A.M at Alum Ford Boat Ramp

Racer Meeting: 11 A.M at Alum Ford Boat Ramp

Race begins: 11:30 A.M

Starting Location Address: State Hwy 700, Whitley City, KY 42653

This is a 4 mile flat water loop course that gives paddlers a taste of the Big South Fork River & National Recreation Area. There is relatively no current, wind, and minimal to no boat traffic. Depending on your craft and experience, it will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour minutes to complete the course. This event is the 5K of the paddlesports racing scene and perfect for people just breaking into the racing scene.

Paddler will receive:

  • Big South Fork River Dash shirt.
  • Support boats stationed along the course all day in case they are needed.

  • Professional medical and communications coverage on the course.

  • Unique finisher's coin.

  • Post race party and meal.

Register by October 10th: $45 (SAVE $15)

Cost: Register by October 11th -October 31st: $50 (SAVE $10)

Register by November 1st –November 5th: $55 (SAVE $5)

Register by NOVEMBER 6th: $60

Youth: $25

Course Map

 

8 Mile Open Race

Saturday, November 11th

Boat Drop off/Check - In: 8:30 A.M

Racers Meeting: 10:15 A.M

Race begins: 10:30 A.M

Starting Location Address: State Hwy 700, Whitley City, KY 42653

This is a longer 8 mile flat-water event that starts att the Alum Ford Boat Ramp in the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. This event is the perfect distance and course if you’re looking for an adventurous challenge. Depending on your experience, it will take between 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours to complete the course. This is a great opportunity to get into the racing scene, to push you body, and to see what you can do! If you're not into racing, that's okay as well! You can float as well while enjoying the camaraderie/safety of being with awesome paddlers from all around the country. 

Paddler will receive:

  • Big South Fork River Dash shirt.
  • Support boats stationed along the course all day in case they are needed.

  • Professional medical and communications coverage on the course.

  • Unique finisher's coin.

  • Post race party and meal.

Register by October 10th: $45 (SAVE $15)

Cost: Register by October 11th -October 31st: $50 (SAVE $10)

Register by November 1st –November 5th: $55 (SAVE $5)

Register by NOVEMBER 6th: $60

Youth: $25

Course Map

 

14 Mile Big South Fork River Dash

Saturday, November 11th

Boat Drop off/Check - In: 8:30 A.M

Racers Meeting: 9:30 A.M

Race begins: 10 A.m

Starting Location Address: State Hwy 700, Whitley City, KY 42653

This is a 14 mile loop course race on the Big South Fork. The starting line is at the Alum Ford boat ramp. This race is for intermediate to elite paddlers with the skill and fitness to complete this endurance challenge. Depending on your craft, experience, and river conditions: it will take between 2 1/12 to 4 hours to complete the course. Our cut-off time is 4 hours. This is a great opportunity to push your limits and experience in totality the beauty of the Big South Fork River & Recreation Area.

Paddler will receive:

  • Big South Fork River Dash shirt.
  • Support boats stationed along the course all day in case they are needed.

  • Professional medical and communications coverage on the course.

  • Unique finisher's coin.

  • Post race party and meal.

Register by October 10th: $45 (SAVE $15)

Cost: Register by October 11th -October 31st: $50 (SAVE $10)

Register by November 1st –November 5th: $55 (SAVE $5)

Register by NOVEMBER 6th: $60

Youth: $25

Course Map

Accommodations 

 
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Red Roof Inn

Located in Whitley City just off US-27. Red Roof Inn will be the host hotel for the Big South Fork River Dash.

  Call the hotel at (606) 376-3780to reserve your room at the special rate of $45 + Tax. Must mention "Kentucky Waterman Series" to take advantage of this discount. *Note: Unfortunately, there is no place to store your craft inside the hotel other than your room.

Rate: $45 + Tax

Phone: (606) 376-3780

Address: 1116 US-27, Whitley City, KY 42653

Distances from Race LOcation:

  • 6.1 miles

Parking: Parking lot

 
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Alum Ford Campground

Located inside the National Park Service's Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area a literal hop, skip, and a jump from the race launch area at Alum Ford Boat ramp. This steezy campground will serve as the official crash-pad for the Big South Fork River Dash. 

Amenities include

  • Concrete tent pads with space for 2-4 per site
  • bear-proof food storage lockers.
  • Pit toilets.
  • Tons of smore's, ghost stories, and pre-race hanging out!

Address:  Hwy 700, Whitley City, KY 42653

Distances from Race LOcation:

  • 0 miles

  • Parking: Parking lot

Limited space is available, thus we will handle the booking for campsites on behalf of racers particpating in the Big South Fork River Dash.