Gritty Fitty Details

Saturday September 5, 2020
33 miles
Start: Lawrence 8th street access
Start time: 9:00am
Finish:  Edwardsville
Register online before race day, $30
Race day registration, $30
All youth under the age of 18 are FREE registration


Men’s Solo Unlimited
Women’s Solo Unlimited
Men’s tandem unlimited
Women’s tandem unlimited
Mixed tandem unlimited
Team (3+)


Top 3 in each division will receive a trophy
All paddlers receive a completion medal and a meal at the finish line


1. The Kansas River Gritty will officially start at the 8th street river access in Lawrence, KS. All boats will start together.

2. The race will officially end at exactly 4pm or when the last boat has reached the Edwardsville boat ramp, whichever comes earlier. A team’s participation in this event ends when they have either reached Edwardsville, at 4pm on race day, OR when they notify race officials that they have withdrawn. Teams still on the Kansas River after 4pm are electing to continue independently of the race.

3. Each race craft must be propelled exclusively by paddle power (double or single blade) while on the water. No rowing configuration is permitted. No sail or kite is permitted.

4. All participants agree to appear in event related media coverage free of charge.

5. For any “shortcut” to be legal, it must have a flow of river water through it. Portages over exposed sand bars for convenience are not permitted. If the sand is underwater, no problem, drag your boat. If the sand is above the water, your boat shouldn’t be on it.

6. Outside assistance that provides intentional aid in the forward progress of a canoe/kayak is not allowed. This includes towing, wake riding, deflection of wind and “rafting up”. However, limited interaction between the competitor race craft, as is the case in most canoe and kayak marathon races, is acceptable. This will be restricted to only wake riding and wind deflection. No towing of race craft is permitted.

7. Ground support is allowed for racers but is not mandatory. A ground crew may assist with supplies and talking you out of quitting. Ground crew may not, in any way, assist with propulsion of the boat. They may only touch the boat when the boat is in contact with the shore. Physical contact with support can only occur when the boat is grounded. No contact on the water is allowed. No support provided from a support boat is allowed..

8. Infractions of any rule during the race will be grounds for time penalties or disqualification to be reasonably and fairly determined by the Judges Committee.

9. Deliberate littering of the river is illegal. Teams must keep their trash in their canoes/kayaks and either transfer it to their support teams or go ashore themselves to properly dispose of waste.

10. All team members should understand there are serious risks involved in this endeavor. The hydraulics associated with fixed obstacles in the water can be dangerous. Constant vigilance, clear thinking, and quick reaction will be essential at all times. Good judgment must dictate when it is time to rest. All team members (racers and support personnel) will enter this race at their own risk and will not hold this Event’s organizers, judges, officials, and sponsors liable for accidents to personnel or damage to any property.

11. All participants in this race must sign the “Amateur Athletic Waiver and Release of Liability”. This waiver is required by the United States Canoe Association for participation in this event.

12. Entry fees are non-refundable.

13. Teams may not share paddlers. Teams MAY share ground support.

14. There is only one required checkpoint on the race course, which is the DeSoto boat ramp. Racers do not need to stop, but it is there responsibility that the race officials acknowledge them and have them accounted for.

15. Each racer must have available a U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver at all times while on the water.

16. It is possible that a team or individual could find themselves still on the water as darkness falls. A boat traveling at night must have a white light available for display when needed to signal another boat. For this reason, each team must carry with them a flashlight.

Craft Requirements

17. There are no restrictions on the design of the canoe/kayak.

18. The original craft must be paddled from start to finish. Repairs may be made to the craft during the race, but other alterations are not permitted.

19. Any part of the craft (rudders, outriggers, etc.) which will be below the water line during any portion of the race must be “on board” from start to finish. A space must be available on the each side of the canoe/kayak close to the bow on which to affix the official race number. Each team may choose their own 4 digit number upon entry on a first come, first served basis.

20. In formulating the rules that govern this event, every effort has been made to foresee all situations and problems that may rise, however, officials of the Kansas River Gritty retain the right to change or amend these rules at any time without liability or recourse from any party regardless of the circumstances. Should such changes or amendments be made, every effort will be made to notify all entrants.


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