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Aug 6, 2016
Ford Canoe and Kayak Challenge 2016

Sat. Aug, 6 - Ford Canoe Challenge 2016


Visit "Details" then "Resources" to download a list of winners.

SAVE THE DATE: 49th Annual Ford Canoe Challenge to be held August 5, 2017


Canoe Challenge Adds Kayaks to Support Scout, Venturing, and Exploring Youth Outdoor Adventures

Join the Boy Scouts of America, Paseo del Rio Association, and San Antonio River Authority on Saturday, August 6th from 7-11 am for a race down the San Antonio River. The Ford Canoe and Kayak Challenge includes a Scouting competition encouraging outdoor adventure. Sponsored by Ford, the challenge is also open to the public, corporations, and celebrity teams with special pricing for the Scouting community.

Approximately half of the participants (71 of 151 registered two-person teams in 2013) competed in the Scouting division; winning numerous awards for Scouts by gender and age in addition to race categories for Scout Leaders!  The race has been around over 40 years, drawing Scouts all the way from Minnesota. One year, a family, representing Boy Scout Troop 17 in Hibbing, Minnesota, made time during a family vacation to compete in the event.

“That's really what the event is about, the Scouts,” Paseo del Rio Association spokeswoman, Rachael Garza said. Ironically as a young Girl Scout, she actually did this very same race; back in the days when it started at Josephine Street and ended at Casa Rio Mexican Restaurant. Today this area is an enclosed veranda.

This year additional outdoor adventure activities are planned to be incorporated into the event, including 2 stations where Boy Scouts can earn partial credit towards the canoeing and kayaking merit badges.


For all the details, view, print, and share the flyer found under the 'DETAILS" button to the right.


   •  New for 2016:  A 1-person Kayak team is a new separate category for youth and leaders (ages 11 and older) only

   •  Canoe racers must be 11 years of age or older OR youth aged 6-10 may race with an adult teammate

   •  18 Canoes with paddles and life jackets will be available to borrow (no reservation required, rotating use)

   •  Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets WILL NOT be provided (bring your own)


To Register, click the orange "register" button to the right.  For more information, click the blue "details" button to visit the

For more information, contact Kevin Jetton, Event Chairman, at or 210-275-2062 or


Registration is required by July 27 at 11:59 pm. Please take the time to collect the registration information and ensure it is complete before starting to register your unit.

Steps to Register:

1. From the “Individual Registration” page (also for team registrations), click “Next”

2. Select the type of team you want to register

3. Enter the Group Point-of-Contact (even though it says Participant)

4. Enter the Group Point-of-Contact phone number (on next screen)

5. Enter ALL the information for the 1st team: Group Type, Unit Number/Group/Company Name, Racer #1 & 2
(first & last name, age and t-shirt size) then select the appropriate Racing Category for this team

6. A summary will appear for the 1st team then select:
- Enter more and repeat steps 3-5 again (use the same Group Point-of-Contact info)
- Save: to exit the batch and do Payment Processing (All major credit cards and e-checks accepted.)


Q. Are the Youth broken into age categories as in prior years: 11-13, 14-17, and adults?
A. YES as far as not only age categories but also gender for the Youth
categories.  Adults is by gender (male, female and mixed). In the event that 1 team member in a canoe is older (or an adult).....they should be (I change them) to the older appropriate category.

Q. What does this event cost?  I see a blurred line between participants and vessels given the introduction of single person kayaks.

A. $15 per person per team (without regard to a 1-person kayak or a 2-person canoe team) to simplify things.......each time you race in whatever type of watercraft, division/category or team size - it is a flat $15 per person per team. 

Q. Does the cost change depending on if a participant brings their own kayak or team-up with a buddy and borrow a canoe?

A. No. Canoes may be provided by participants or the event. Kayaks must be provided on your own.


Unload at the corner of S. Alamo and E. Market and take them down the stairs to The River Walk under S. Alamo Street on the SOUTH side of The River Walk near the Beyer Bridge opposite Casa Rio Mexican Restaurant.


Parking meters start charging at 8:00 AM, but are free before then. Several meters are available along the streets of E. Market and E. Commerce, but are heavily patrolled by SAPD Parking Services, so be sure to pay.

There are also many parking garages in the downtown area and the following 3 are recommended:

  1. Riverbend behind Casa Rio Restaurant between E. Commerce & E. Market
  2. The Marina Garage behind the Marriott Riverwalk hotel between E. Commerce & E. Market
  3. The Shops at the Rivercenter (old Rivercenter Mall) parking garage

Additionally there are many surface lots in the area to choose from, ideal for trucks and/or vehicles pulling trailers.

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