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The Great Ohio River Odyssey is the ninth event of our paddlesports racing series, The Kentucky Waterman Series which is presented by Southern Paddlesports LLC.    Paddlers will have the opportunity to take on three unique courses on waterways 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. Race classes will consist of men, women's, and youth Kentucky Waterman Series divisions which include Prone, SUP 14, SUP 12'6 , Kayak, High Performance Kayak, Solo Canoe, Tandem Kayak, and Tandem Canoe.

 

Schedule of Events:

Friday, September 15th

  • 6:30 P.M: Welcome Party - Main Street Bourbon And Ale House ( 209 E Main St, La Grange, KY 40031)
    • Please Make sure to RSVP

Saturday, September 16th

  •  7:00 A.M: 22 Mile Race Boat Drop - Off/ Check - In at Westport Park (6617 Main Street, Westport, KY 40077)
  • 8:30 A.M: 22 Mile Race Shuttle departs from Community Boathouse Parking Lot ( 1501 River Road, Louisville, KY 40206)
  • 9:30 A.M: 22 Mile Racer Meeting at Westport Park
  • 9:45 A.M: 7 Mile Race Boat Drop - Off/ Check - In at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille Launch Area (5700 Captains Quarters Rd, Prospect, KY 40059)
  • 10 A.M: 22 Mile Race Start at Westport Park
  • 10:45 A.M 7 mile shuttle departs from Community Boathouse.
  • 10:45 A.M: 2.5 Mile Race Meeting at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille's Launch Area
  • 11A.M: 2.5 Mile Harrods Creek Run Race Start at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille Launch Area
  • 11:30 A.M: 7 Mile Captains Quarters to Downtown Open Race Meeting at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille Launch Area
  • 12 P.M: 7 Mile Race & Float Start at Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille Launch Area
  • 12:15 P.M: Awards Ceremony for 2.5 Mile Race at Captain Quarter's Riverside Grille Launch Area
  • 1 P.M - 5 PM: Free Time - Jug Band Jubilee + Big Four Bridge/Exploration of downtown Jeffersonville, IN and Louisville, KY
  • 5:30 P.M: Awards Dinner at Kingfish Jeffersonville (601 West Riverside Drive Jeffersonville, IN 47130)

Events

 

2.5 Mile Harrods Creek Run

 

Saturday, September 16

Racers Meeting: 10:45 PM

Race begins: 11:00 AM

Starting Location Address: 5700 Captains Quarters Rd, Prospect, KY 40059

This is a 2. 5 mile flat water loop race on Harrods Creek, a small tributary of the Ohio River. There is relatively no current and little wind, some boat traffic, and is a no wake zone. Depending on your craft and experience, it will take between 20 minutes to 45 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:

  • Great Ohio River Odyssey Tri-blend 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.

Register by August 15th: $20 (SAVE $25)

Cost: Register by August 16th- August 31st: $25 (SAVE $20)

Register by August 31st –September 6th: $35 (SAVE $10)

Register by September 7th: $45

Youth: $15

 

7 Mile Captains Quarters to Downtown Open Race &  Float

Saturday, September 16

Boat Drop off/Check - In: 10:00 A.M

Racers Meeting: 11:30Am

Race begins:12 PM

Starting Location Address: Captain's QUarters RIverside Grille -5700 Captains Quarters Rd, Prospect, KY 40059

Finish Location Address: Louisville ROwing Club- 1501 Fulton St, Louisville, KY 40206

This is a longer 7 mile flat-water event that starts river left at Captain's Quarters on Harrods Creek. Paddlers will streak downstream towards the heart of the city Louisville.   As the Ohio River is a major navigational waterway there is commercial and pleasure boat traffic. We are shooting for a downwind or flatwater experience; , if the weather cooperates. We will change the direction of the race to optimize the conditions for a fast, fun, challenging race. Paddlers will  past the historic Louisville Water Tower, Beargrass Creek, an urban stream in the process of restoration, and ultimately end up at the Community Boathouse dock not far from the beautiful skyline of the Louisville. 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:

  • Great Ohio River Odyssey Tri-blend shirt
  • A truly unique odyssey on the Ohio River as its transitions from the lush green rural landscape of the Ohio River valley to the skyline of downtown Louisville.

  • 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 at Kingfish Restaurant in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Race Cost: Register by August 15th: $45 (SAVE $15)

Register by August 16th- September 1st: $50 (SAVE $10)

Register by September 1st- 7th: $60 (SAVE $25)

Float Cost: $25

Youth: $15

 

Westport to Downtown Louisville 22 Mile Race

Saturday, September 16

Boat Drop off/Check - In: 7:30 A.M

Racers Meeting: 9:30Am

Race begins:10 Am

Starting Location Address: Westport Boat Ramp -6607 Main St, Westport, KY 40077

Finish Location Address: Louisville ROwing Club- 1501 Fulton St, Louisville, KY 40206

This is a point to point 22 mile race on the Ohio River. The starting line is at the boat ramp of the local river community, Westport, KY. The course can range from a placid run to a challenging one depending on the weather conditions. As the Ohio River is a major navigational channel, there will be some barge traffic,  & pleasure boat traffic. We will change the direction of the race to optimize the conditions for a fast, fun, challenging race. 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 3 to 6 hours to complete the course. Our cut-off time is 6 hours. This is a great opportunity to push your limits and a great training run for folks taking on the Chattajack 31 in October.

Paddler will receive:

  • Great Ohio River Odyssey Tri-blend shirt.

  • A truly unique odyssey on the Ohio River as its transitions from the lush green rural landscape of the Ohio River valley to the skyline of downtown Louisville.

  • 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 at Kingfish Restaurant in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Cost: Register by August 15th – $50 (SAVE $20)

Register by August 16th - September 1st – $55 (SAVE $15)

Register by September 1st - 6th – $60 (SAVE $10)

Register by September 7th – $70

Youth: $15

Accommodations 

Best Western Ashbury

Located in La Grange just off I-71, Exit 22. Best Western will be the host hotel for The Great Ohio River Odyssey's Westport to Downtown 22 Mile Race.    

  Call the hotel at (502) 222-5500 to reserve your room at the special rate of $89.99.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: $89

Phone: (502) 222-5500

1005 New Moody Ln, La Grange, KY 40031

Distances from Race LOcations:

  • 22 Mile Start - 9.2 miles

  • 2.5 & 7 Mile Start - 17.2 Miles

  • 22/7 Mile Finish - 22.5 Miles

Parking: Parking lot

 

Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel

Located in Jeffersonville, Indiana directly across from Downtown Louisville and short walk to our awards dinner venue at Kingfish Restaurant. 

Rate: Variable: $240+ (Via Third party booking websites and/or hotel website)

Phone: (812) 284-6711

700 West Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Distances from Race LOcations:

  • 22 Mile Start -32.6 miles

  • 2.5 & 7 Mile Start - 9.2 Miles

  • 22/7 Mile Finish -7.1 Miles

Parking: Parking lot/Parking Garage

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Bluegrass Country Estate  B &B

The featured B&B of the Odyssey. Book a room or this entire house on a 9-acre horse farm. In addition to 5 gorgeous rooms, an in-ground pool, a full theater room, a gym, a hot tub, and gourmet breakfasts to die for, you can turn your Great Ohio River Odyssey into a weekend at this Google favorite place! Close to Westport.     Mention " Kentucky Waterman Series" when making reservation. *Crafts can be stored in the pool area during your stay.

Rate: $160+

Phone: 877.229-2009

1226 Bluegrass Parkway La Grange, KY40031

Distances from Race LOcations:

  • 22 Mile Start - 6.4 miles

  • 2.5 & 7 Mile Start - 18.9 Miles

  • 22/7 Mile Finish - 29.3 Miles

Parking: Parking SPOt

 

Ramada Louisville North

 

The Ramada is a budget friendly hotel option located not far from the Louisville Community Boathouse dock where the race ends.

Rate: $89

Phone:  (502) 897-5101

 1041 Zorn Ave, Louisville, KY 40207

Distances from Race LOcations:

  • 22 Mile Start -28.6 miles

  • 2.5 & 7 Mile Start - 5.1 Miles

  • 22/7 Mile Finish -2.1 Miles

Parking: Parking lot

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