Grab your oars and running shoes, it’s Paddle and Portage time.
After a two-year hiatus, one of the arguably weirdest races in Madison returns this weekend, Sat., June 18, for its iconic row and run across the Isthmus.
🛶 What’s this all aboat?
Location-wise, the ~5-mile race consists of a paddle in Lake Mendota, followed by a portage across the Isthmus through Tenney Park, followed by another paddle down the Yahara River to Lake Monona at Olbrich Park.
🛶 Where do I grab my paddles?
There are two ways to race: competition and fun. If you’re in it to win it, the timed sets sail at 9:30 a.m. with prizes on the line. If you’re just here for the post-race beer, untimed heats allow for wheels and carts during the portage portion.
Canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards are all welcome for solo and duo entries. Need a canoe? No worries, rent one from WI River Outings. All participants receive a t-shirt, post-race drink, and food voucher for the food carts, along with potential bragging rights.
🛶 How can I watch?
Grab the lawn chairs for a front-row seat along Tenney Beach to watch the paddlers or meet the teams at Olbrich Park for a nail-biting finish. Time to seas the day.