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Great Ohio River Odyssey 2019
Sep
14
7:00 AM07:00

Great Ohio River Odyssey 2019

The Great Ohio River Odyssey is back again in 2019! Paddlers will have the opportunity to take on three unique courses on waterways (The Ohio River and Harrods Creek) in the Greater Louisville Area: The Westport to Downtown Louisville 22 Mile Race, 7 Mile Captains Quarters to Downtown Open Race, & the Harrods Creek Run 2.5 Mile Run. 

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Western Kentucky Paddle Festival & Battle for The Paddle
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Western Kentucky Paddle Festival & Battle for The Paddle

The Explore Kentucky Initiative is proud to host the 2019 edition of Western Kentucky Paddling Festival & Battle for the Paddle on Saturday, July 20th! This festival provides a unique opportunity to participate in a Kentucky Waterman Series event which relocates annually around the waterways of Western Kentucky. This intentional shift in race location helps to usher in awareness of our state’s natural resources while also providing an opportunity to showcase watersports through outdoor recreation. So with this in mind, bring your stand up paddleboards, canoe’s, kayak’s, prone boards and prepare to set sail from the glassy shores of Lighthouse Landing in Grand Rivers into the expansive waters of Kentucky Lake! Whether you’re in search of a day of leisurely paddling on the lake with friends and fellow paddlers or determined to test your racing mettle, come join our community of water enthusiasts for a day of fun and festivities.

We are offering a range of events this year! For those simply in search of a shorter paddle or delving into racing for the first time, there will be the 2 mile Little Grand Fun Race to participate in. Think of it as the 5K of paddling! For the moderate distance seekers, we have the 6 mile Kenlake Dash.  Finally, for those who are on a quest for the ultimate challenge, we suggest the Kentucky Lake 12 mile Challenge. The overall top female and male finisher of the challenge will forever enshrined by having their name engraved on our traveling WKY Battle for the Paddle which will be displayed prominently in the Grand Rivers community from 2019- 2020.

HOST: The Explore Kentucky Initiative

BOTTOM OUT RISK: NO

BODY OF WATER: Kentucky Lake



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2nd Annual Blazing Paddles Paddlesport Race & Float
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

2nd Annual Blazing Paddles Paddlesport Race & Float

Blazing Paddles is a paddlesports race and float that's an on-the water celebration of how the Cuyahoga River has risen like a phoenix from its ecological low-point, 50 years to the day since the June 22, 1969 fire.

HOST: Share the River

Bottom out risk: No

Body of Water: Cuyahoga River

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Expedition Frankfort: Run | Bike | Paddle
Mar
30
7:00 AM07:00

Expedition Frankfort: Run | Bike | Paddle

The inaugural Expedition Frankfort: Run | Bike | Paddle is the Explore Kentucky Initiative’s way of showcasing Kentucky’s capital city of Frankfort (our base camp) as the ultimate adventure town! The event consists of a 3.7 mile run, 6 mile MTB ride, and 6 mile paddle on the Kentucky River. 

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The Big South Fork River Dash Presented By Beinthewater
Nov
11
8:00 AM08:00

The Big South Fork River Dash Presented By Beinthewater

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. This is a spectacular paddle sports event you do not want to miss!

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Cumberland River Challenge
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Cumberland River Challenge

The Cumberland River Challenge Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard Race hosted by Union College, U- Canoe and Barbourville Tourism is the ninth event apart of the 2017 Kentucky Waterman Series presented by Southern Paddlesports. The race consists of 15 miles of river, ranging from calm water to beginner-level rapids. The race starts on the Knox County line bordering Bell County and finishes in Knox County at the Thompson RV Park. Annual “bragging rights” and awards are presented at the end of the race.

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The Great Ohio River Odyssey
Sep
16
7:00 AM07:00

The Great Ohio River Odyssey

The Great Ohio River Odyssey is the ninth stop of the Explore Kentucky Initiative Kentucky Waterman Series presented by Southern Paddlesports and takes place on the Ohio River in the Greater Louisville Area. Three courses are offered: the Westport to Downtown Louisville 22 Mile Race, 7 Mile Captains Quarters to Downtown Open Race, & the Harrods Creek Run 2.5 Mile Run.

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