Annual Kayak Fun Challenge Obstacle Course Race

The Fifth Annual Kayak Fun Challenge Obstacle Course Race will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Eureka Lake, Eureka, IL beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. Proceeds from the race are supporting Heartline and Heart House of Eureka, which services to women and children in crisis situations in Woodford and parts of Tazewell County since 1983. The Race is sponsored by City of Eureka, Washington Park District and 50 GO!

The Kayak Race is also proud to announce that individuals and organizations from Tazewell and Woodford counties are sponsoring the disabled veterans of Team River Runners USA as honored guest competitors for the 2019 event. 

Exciting new additions to the race this year are the new race course configuration for even more challenge and fun, water/race entry system with the exciting “Sluice” for a fast race start, water-based Shark Corral for the Shark Rodeo.  Catch your Shark at the end of your race from the new water-based Shark Corral. Everyone wins a prize and supports Heart House of Eureka! Two Kayaks, beautiful handmade Kayak quilt, many gift certificates and much more. A $10 fee is charged to participate in the rodeo and participants must be registered for the race.  Register for the Rodeo at the race. All prizes awarded at the end of the race, Landlubbers Shark Corral for non-racers. The $10 fee is payable at race registration table. Everyone wins a prize and supports Heart House of Eureka.  Eligible for same prizes as the water-based shark rodeo.  A $10 participation fee is payable at the race registration table.  All prizes awarded at the end of the race, Kayak Kids Korner with six land based, colorful stations of fun and prizes, E. Peoria Car Show based by the pavilion, transportation around the event area on the van with accessible ramp and two golf carts and vendor booths.

The Kayak Race is a staggered start, flat water race with a timed finish. Participants maneuver through a series of eight water obstacles, including the fun and challenging new “Water Zip” and the “Kayak Sluice”, which is an exciting new optional water entry system.  The course is designed to accommodate both novice and experienced kayakers, with safety and boating instructions provided to all participants.  Loaner kayaks, personal flotation devices and other equipment are available if needed.  Awards are presented to the top three winners in each age group in both men’s and women’s divisions.  The entry fee of $30 per person includes lunch, bottled water, snacks, t-shirt, goody bag and the use of a loaner kayak, and equipment for racers without their own.  

Food will be available for purchase by non-participants and there is no entry fee for spectators.  Bring your chairs or blankets, family and friends and enjoy the extra fun being provided by Vendor Booths, East Peoria Car Club Car Show, plenty of great music and a children’s outdoor game area with prizes for the kids.

Participants should check in 30 minutes prior to their start time. Race start times for ages 65+ and ages 50-64 is (9 a.m.), ages 35-49 is (10 a.m.) and ages18 – 34 is (11 a.m.). 

To participate in the Fifth Annual Kayak Fun Challenge Obstacle Course Race on Eureka Lake, register online at www.WashingtonParkDistrict.com Code 3-5196-19.  Race entries close on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 5 p.m.  No registrations will be accepted after that day/time or on race day.

For additional information on the Eureka Lake Kayak Obstacle Course Race, call or text Gloria Phelps at 309-532-6683.