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Wysox Canoe Race Set for July 23

The Wysox River Challenge, a paddling competition, will be held on Saturday, July 23, at the boat access by the Rt. 187 bridge, starting at 10 a.m.

Three classes will compete in the event, which was held in late August last year.

The Pro class will paddle 13.7 miles, including an upstream leg, while the Touring and Recreational classes will open their seven- and three-mile runs, respectively, with a downstream leg.

Race organizer Brad Beckwith estimates the accomplished Pro racers, who train and race regularly, will be on the water for nearly two hours. There will be special cash prizes on buoys on the course, including a $100 bill.

The Touring class is for paddlers who train regularly, but don’t want to compete at the Pro level.

Recreational class is for paddlers with more limited experience on the water.

All paddlers must wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vests and whistles. All competitors under 18 are required to wear the life vest, while others may be required depending on river conditions on race day.

Every paddler has a chance to win one of two major prizes—an Epic (full carbon) mid wing paddle and a Cobra Explorer kayak.

In all, Beckwith says there will be over $2,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

The entry fees are $25 for the Pro class, $20 for the Touring and $15 for the Recreational.

Food and drink will be provided afterward. The awards ceremony will be held around noon at the boat access.

Following the awards, there will be a Rapid shoot-out.

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