LOGAN — The annual Hocking Hills Classic Paddle Sport Event at Lake Logan State Park will bring together flatwater (as opposed to whitewater) racers from across the state this Saturday.
The event is one of 10 on the Ohio paddle-sport race circuit sponsored annually by the Ohio Division of the United States Canoe Association (USCA) (http://ohiopaddler.com/).
The USCA is a nationwide non-profit organization that promotes paddling as a fitness and competitive activity (http://www.uscanoe.com/). In addition to sponsoring local events across the country, the USCA holds a week-long series of races at an annual Nationals event that includes both sprint races and marathons for various classes of canoes and kayaks.
This year’s USCA National races will take place in mid-August on the Allegheny River at Warren, Pa.
Registration for the HHS Classic is at the beach area of Lake Logan. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with races going off at 10 a.m.
There will be a 7-mile and a 2-mile race. Entry fees for either race is $25. All those who register will receive athletic-style T-shirts with race logo.
Award medals will be given to the top finishers in each race class by boat-type and age. Races include many boat and age classes for adult recreational paddlers including divisions for SUP (stand-up paddleboard) paddlers.
Local paddlers are encouraged to bring their boats or paddleboards and join in the excitement and camaraderie. The event is spectator-friendly, as there are lots of great viewing locations in the marina, peninsula, dam and beach areas.
The event is organized by local paddlers Mike Caudill and Kim Caudill and sponsored by Lake Logan Marina (http://lakeloganmarina.com/).
A second canoe and kayak race in southeastern Ohio, also organized and directed by Mike and Kim Caudill, will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, on the lower Hocking River, starting near Coolville.