2018 Paddle Derby
Since our first Canoe Derby back in ‘82, we’ve introduced many people to paddlesport racing. For many years it was just a canoe competition, then we added kayaks (some of our fastest competitors) and a few years later we included stand-up paddleboards. Our 10-race series gives you the opportunity to develop your skills by competing against the best local paddlers each week. We encourage recreational canoers, kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders to enter our short course - just for the fun of it!
Canoes still make up the majority of boats on our starting line, but because of the growing popularity of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, the traditional old Hoigaard's "Canoe Derby" changed its name a few years ago to the "Paddle Derby". We have a new identity. We're not just for canoes anymore!
Enter one race or as many as ten! The Derby is excellent cross training for other sports, developing core strength as you paddle. Many of our regular competitors use the Derby as a fun form of off-season training for cross country skiing. Or use the Derby to train for the Tri-Loppet off-road triathlon. The Tri-Loppet uses the same waterways as the Derby for their paddle leg.
Registration is from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Speed Up Registration!
Often we have long lines at the registration table for our races. Want to speed things up? Print and fill out before your first race. 2018 Paddle Derby Registration Form.
The Season Pass option gives you two free weeks of racing if purchased on week 1. You have the added benefit of paddling the remainder of the Derby without bringing money each week! These forms are available at the registration table the first two weeks of the Derby.
You will also sign a Liability Waiver at the registration table. You only fill out these forms once a year, for your first race of the paddling season.