Root River Paddle Challenge

Join us on 05/01/2021

(race date estimated)

Root River Paddle Challenge Race Description

IMPORTANT NOTICE: (posted 4.30.2021 at 2:55 pm)

RE: Root River Paddle Challenge UPDATE

Due to the extremely low levels of the Root River,  we are changing the course to an "out and back" starting at Horlick Dam.  This is the first time in our 10 year history we've had such a low water level.

New Route: https://5kevents.raceentry.com/race-maps/root-river-paddle-challenge

DO NOT MEET at Linwood Park. GO DIRECTLY to Horlick Dam for the Start and Finish. We are sincerely sorry for this change. We know many of you look forward to the rapids every year, unfortunately  the rapids are no longer an option due to the water levels.  Also, the rocky bottom could cause damage to your watercraft. In the best interest of everyone and everything concerned, this change will allow us to still take advantage of an absolutely perfect day ahead! It will be a beautiful day Saturday, and this half of the river will offer the most enjoyable option with plenty of water to navigate freely. 

See you Saturday at 1pm... spread the word!

www.TheRootRiver.com

www.5Kevents.org 

Root River Paddle Challenge

Saturday, May 1 2021  @  1:00 PM  

PACKET PICK UP:  Saturday: at the event (Linwood Park) Linwood Park , Hwy 38 & 5 Mile Road, Caledonia, WI 

We look forward to paddling with everyone on Saturday. It should be an absolutely gorgeous day! We also would like to encourage you to protect your valuables in a floatation device should your vessel flip. If you need a phone case, we will have a few available for $5.00 each at check in.

Shuttle Service from Horlick Dam:  

  1. Check in and drop your watercraft off at Linwood Park.
  2. Bring your vehicle to the finish (Horlick Dam).
  3. We will have a shuttle service that will return you back to the start. This will allow you to leave at your leisure once you complete the course.  If you are coming as a group, please only have one driver drop off your vehicle to allow additional space in the shuttle for others.

To Horlick Dam From Linwood Park: Take 5 Mile Road East. Turn right on Hwy 31. Turn left on 4 Mile Road to Green bay Road, then turn Right (Rapids Court - There is a BP Gas Station on the corner). Horlick Dam will be on your right-hand side just past the south end of the Airport and before Rapids Drive.  

SEE WEB SITE FOR MORE DETAILS AND MAPS: www.TheRootRiver.com 
  • Timeline of events
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Check-In and On-Site Registration
  • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm:  Launch Time
  • 4:00 pm: End at Horlick Dam 

If you have a group and you want to launch together, just let us know and we will accommodate. 

Important Note for your safety

ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN LIFE VESTS except for rental craft participants. We will have a limited number of preservers available on a first come first serve basis. It is mandatory that you have a life preserver and wear it at all times, it may save your life. 5Kevents.org, LLC and all associated parties assume no responsibility. You are participating in this event at your own risk. 

Life Preservers

All participants are required to provide their own life preserver and wear it at all times during the event. RENTALS INCLUDE LIFE PRESERVERS. 

See you soon!

The staff at 5Kevents.org

Root River Paddle Challenge

This years Theme: Tropical Paradise

Saturday, May 1 2021  @  1:00 PM 

Address:

Linwood Park , Hwy 38 & 5 Mile Road, Caledonia, WI 

The Root River provides a diverse set of paddling conditions as it winds its way through Caledonia in Racine County. Depending upon water levels and sections paddled you can get everything from quiet lake paddling to fast rapids in an environment that ranges from scenic rural woodlands to parks and wetlands.

Starting at Linwood Park, 5 Mile Road – Franksville, Village of Caledonia and ending at the Horlick Dam. The course is approximately 8 miles and takes about 2.5 hours to complete. This is a course change at the end to allow for social distancing.  

Features:

  •  T Shirt
  •  Finisher's Medal 

Course description:

Starting at Linwood Park, 5900 5 Mile Road – Franksville, Town of Caledonia and ending at Horlick Dam. The course is approximately 8 miles and takes about 2 -2.5 hours to complete. 

Directions to start:

  • Timeline of events
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Check-In and On-Site Registration
  • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm:  Launch Time
  • 4:00 pm: End at Horlick Dam 

If you have a group and you want to all launch together, just let us know and we will accommodate. 

Important Note for your safety

ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN LIFE VESTS except for rental craft participants. We will have a limited number of preservers available on a first come first serve basis. It is mandatory that you have a life preserver and wear it at all times, it may save your life. 5Kevents.org, LLC and all associated parties assume no responsibility. You are participating in this event at your own risk. 

Awards info:

All finishers will receive a custom medal. 

Watercraft Rentals

Canoes and kayaks Rentals are AVAILABLE!

Rentals are $35 - Single and Tandem Kayaks Available as well as Canoes.  

Life Preservers

All participants are required to provide their own life preserver and wear it at all times during the event.

RENTALS INCLUDE LIFE PRESERVERS. 

To Horlick Dam: 

From Linwood Park: Take 5 Mile Road East. Turn right on Hwy 31. Turn left on 4 Mile Road to Green bay Road, then turn Right (Rapids Court). Horlick Dam will be on your right-hand side just past the south end of the Airport and before Rapids Drive.  

PACKET PICK UP: 

Saturday: at the event

 



Get ready for the Root River Paddle Challenge

Share this Caledonia Race




    Root River Paddle Challenge Where & When

  • Location: Caledonia, WI 53405
  • Race Date: 2021/05/01 01:00:00 PM (Saturday)
  • Categories:
    • Individual


Root River Paddle Challenge Sponsors


Root River Paddle Challenge Reviews

4.9 - 9 reviews

Review Root River Paddle Challenge

Most Helpful Review
5.0/5
Course: 5.0/5
Organization: 5.0/5
Fun paddle with a great group of paddlers

This was my first time ever kayaking and had a great time. Parking at the nature center gets crowded so arrive early. Water was high & fast but we managed with little trouble. Took a timelapse using an action camera, check it out here https://youtu.be/LGh1jRSTNgU

Adam M. 1/1 found this review helpful.

Page: 1

5.0/5
Course: 3.0/5
Organization: 4.5/5
2019 Race Review
Review On:
Awesome but some experience needed

I had so much fun with a very close friend of mine doing this challenge. I really feel as if you need some experience due to i flipped on a rapids area and there isnt really anyone or anything to do. Luckily there were a few very experience people that paddled up the river to help me ( had a slight injury) .

has run 1 times
7/14 found this review helpful.
5.0/5
Course: 4.5/5
Organization: 5.0/5
2019 Race Review
Review On:
Root River Paddle Challenge

Last year I did the Root River Challenge. It was the most challenging paddle I have ever tackled. Plus, I made it thru without tipping over! The river was extremely high and running quickly, but there were spotters everywhere to assist you. For me it was a very satisfying experience to complete this challenge.

has run 1 times
0/0 found this review helpful.
5.0/5
Course: 5.0/5
Organization: 5.0/5
2019 Race Review
Review On:
Lots of fun! Very well organized!

The Root River Paddle Challenge is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to paddle a section of the river available only in the spring. The organizers do a fantastic job with the logistics making this a very accessible paddle. Don't miss this one!

has run 1 times
0/0 found this review helpful.
5.0/5
Course: 5.0/5
Organization: 4.5/5
2020 Race Review
Review On:
Great Event

Last year I did the Root River Challenge. It was the most challenging paddle I have ever tackled. Plus, I made it thru without tipping over! The river was extremely high and running quickly, but there were spotters everywhere to assist you. For me it was a very satisfying experience to complete this challenge.

has run 1 times
0/0 found this review helpful.
5.0/5
Course: 5.0/5
Organization: 5.0/5
2019 Race Review
Review On:
Root River Challenge 2019

I had a great time and I managed to capture some of the excitement with my camera. Check out my photo essay in The Natural Realm blog: https://awealthofnature.org/photo-essay-kayaking-in-the-root-river-challenge/

has run 1 times
0/0 found this review helpful.
4.0/5
Course: 4.5/5
Organization: 4.5/5
2020 Race Review
Review On:
Art

A lot of fun. Even though my kayak (flat bottom and too long 14 ft) didn't handle the current well (I went over 2 times) it was a lot of fun. I look forward to doing it again this year with a kayak more designed for river current. I consider it one of the better events for kayaks in this area.

has run 1 times
0/0 found this review helpful.
5.0/5
Course: 5.0/5
Organization: 5.0/5
2019 Race Review
Review On:
Come join us!

Had an absolute blast last year! Can’t wait to do it again, getting my wife to come with this time. Trying for more. We’re skipping the Kentucky Derby for this!

has run 1 times
0/0 found this review helpful.
5.0/5
Course: 5.0/5
Organization: 5.0/5
2019 Race Review
Review On:
Jillian

Awesome set up! We had the best time! Anxious for this year’s race!

has run 1 times
1/1 found this review helpful.
5.0/5
Course: 5.0/5
Organization: 5.0/5
2019 Race Review
Review On:
Fun paddle with a great group of paddlers

This was my first time ever kayaking and had a great time. Parking at the nature center gets crowded so arrive early. Water was high & fast but we managed with little trouble. Took a timelapse using an action camera, check it out here https://youtu.be/LGh1jRSTNgU

has run 1 times
1/1 found this review helpful.
Page: 1


View all Root River Paddle Challenge reviews.


Caledonia, WI Weather

Caledonia, WI current weather
  • Clear 79.3℉ Clear

  • Join us at the Root River Paddle Challenge in May for a great race. The Root River Paddle Challenge works hard to deliver you a memorable race experience. We would love to hear from you, so consider writing us a review or contact us at: supportstaff@5kevents.org

    Write Review

    Contact Information

    Name:
    Patrick Flynn
    Email:
    supportstaff@5kevents.org
    Website:
     

    Root River Paddle Challenge - Disclaimer