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New England Paddlesports Championship (NEPC) & Community Challenge

Sunday, July 28th, 2024

Connecticut River Conservancy eagerly welcomes the return of the NEPC – New England Paddlesports Championship – for its 45th year! Canoe, kayak, SUP, and surf ski racers from across the Northeast compete for honors on New England’s historic Connecticut River between southwest New Hampshire and southeast Vermont. Racers choose to run the 12-mile competitive course or the 5-mile recreational course.  There will also be a 1-mile community challenge! Register here. The course laps the Brattleboro-Hinsdale island by passing under the Rte. 119 bridges, where spectators cheer on competitors. NEPC is part of the New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (NECKRA) Flatwater Point Series. (Storm date: August 4th)

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On the Connecticut River @ Norm’s Marina 
1347 Brattleboro Rd, Hinsdale NH – just over the river 

(rain date: the following Sunday, August 4th)

with media sponsor:

Photos courtesy Kelly Fletcher Photography

New England Paddlesport Championship NEPC Racers

12-Mile Competitive Course

Competitive paddlers on canoe, kayak, and surf ski will lap the mid-river island three times on a 12-mile competitive “marathon” course.

Two people in a kayak on the Connecticut River with trees all around during New England Paddlesports Championship, photo by Kelly Fletcher.

5-Mile Recreational Course

Competitive SUP paddlers will lap a 5-mile course. Recreation Class paddlers, including adult-youth boats, can participate in the 5-mile looped course.

Person helping another in a kayak.

1-Mile Community Challenge

A 1-mile Community Challenge is open to all two-person canoe teams. This event is BYOC, bring your own canoe! Ideal for small groups or families.

Schedule of the Day

 9:00 Racer arrival

10:00  On-site activities begin
10:30  Competitive & Recreational Races begin
11:00  Community Challenge begins
11-3    Food Trucks!
1:30    NEPC Awards Ceremony
3:00   See you next year!

The morning begins with the races, where over 60 racers will compete in 12-mile and 5-mile loops right off the shore from Norm’s Marina. All are welcome to join in the 1-mile Community Challenge.  CRC and local partner organizations will offer on-site activities and info booths for spectators. Plus food & beverage trucks to keep you satiated. Stay tuned here for updates.

Where to Watch

The shores of the river at Norm’s Marina or the Route 119 bridges will provide great views of the race.

Parking

Ample parking is available to racers, specatators, and Riverfest participants at Norm’s Marina. Overflow parking will be available at the Runnings-George’s Field parking lot across the street. 

Safety Statement: CRC's staff are assessing river conditions as we approach race day in connection with Norm's Marina, Great River Hydro, climate and flood reports, and local experts. The safety of racers, spectators, and communities is of utmost importance, and we will have two rescue boats from Rescue Inc. on standby throughout the duration of the race.

 

River conditions in the Hinsdale/Brattleboro area are looking good for the 28th. Racers will be notified in the event of any changes to the schedule.

Proceeds will benefit CRC's efforts to support local communities in improving recreational access and river habitat like on the Hinsdale-Brattleboro Island after traffic moves to the new bridge (late fall '24) and Bellows Falls at the Saxtons River confluence after removing the Blake-Higgins Dam under Rte. 5 (fall '24). 

Local Partner

2024 Sponsors

 

Watershed:
River:

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Community Partners:
 
 
 
 
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Interested in 2024 Sponsorship?

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. NEPC and its summer-long promotion offer local and interested businesses a high-value, multi-channel association across the 4-state watershed and beyond. For more information, see our NEPC Sponsorship Packet or contact Brett Morrison, Development Director: bmorrison - at - ctriver.org or (802) 375-4519.

Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors! Media Sponsor: Brattleboro Reformer Lead Sponsor: Berkshire Blanket & Home Co. Main Stem Sponsor: Northstar VT Yankee Decomissioning River Sponsors: New Belgium Brewing Savings Bank of Walpole Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors 802 Credit Union Reed & Reed Brook Sponsors Hamshaw Lumber The Richards Group Ripple Sponsors: Brattleboro Area Realty C&S Wholesale Grocers

For questions about race registration, volunteering or the overall event, contact Stacey at slennard - at - ctriver.org. For interest in sponsorship, contact Brett at bmorrison - at - ctriver.org.

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