After 3 races, there is a 4-way tie for 1st place; each paddler having earned 300 points for finishing 1st place in all three of the OUPPS races. What's more exciting is who the front runners are. No surprise is Tom Phillips, who won the OUPPS last year and has proven himself a force in the ultra distance ranks. New to the ultra community are Jennifer and Sebastien Courville. This tripping couple from Golden Lake blasted out of the back-country into racing with wins in all three races paddling. Not to be outdone is Courtney Sinclair, paddling solo on a SUP. Did we say that she is the world record holder for standing in one stop without moving her feet? She's a hero in our book. Give her ice cream! Oh wait...she already had one last weekend at K2O....
We're excited to see how the standings turn out after this weekend's North Bay to Mattawa race. Remember, the more you paddle - the more points you earn.
On behalf of the K2O and North Bay to Mattaw, River X thanks you for choosing our events. See you at the races!
Train with Chris Near, certified coach with OMCKRA and 3x MRX Alumni, winning the 2015 Coureur des Bois in C1.
Chris will be offering 2 weekend paddling clinics. Dates include Sunday, June 4th in Huntsville and Saturday, July 15th in North Bay (Mattawa River). Chris is also offering a 30-session on-water training plan held here in Huntsville that culminates with the Muskoka River X.
Must be an member of OMKRA.
All the experience and all the gear you need to get you ready for any River X event. Huge selection of everything on the mandatory gear list and more. Your best place to rent canoes. Locations throughout Muskoka, Haliburton, and Algonquin Park.
EPIC V8 PRO Probably the best balance of length vs width to give you the speed and stability needed for expedition racing. And with the integrated rudder system you won't need to worry about loosing a skeg in the shallows. Looking for a new kayak? Talk to Dav at Kayak Sport Canada.
H2O SLINGSHOT 222
After making waves at the 2016 events, this new C2 Stock racer is one for the fastest on the water. Made right here in Ontario by Jeff Hill at H20. Buying a tandem this year? Buy a Slingshot!
COACHING & CLINICS
First time competing in marathon paddle sport racing? Wanting to improve your stroke? Getting serious about being competitive? With a full roster of qualified coaches, weekend clinics and even private training plans visit OMCKRA and become a member. Your Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association.
RIPPLE RX RACING PADDLES
Full carbon bent shaft canoe racing paddles. Designed with input from some of the best marathon paddlers in Ontario and made to order by Chris Pratter, right here in Ontario. Chris can even add any full colour logo so you stand out on the water...and the finish line!
SALUS LIFE JACKETS
In our humble opinion, the best jackets on the market. How do we know? After 16 years of adventure racing, back country tripping and epic levels of abuse, River X Mike's Gjoa is still the only jacket he wears! Available at Algonquin Outfitters.
Gemini Lighting Systems
If you are going to race the Muskoka River X or 24 Hours of River X you will need lights. Gemini has you covered. Proven design and functionality. Used by some of the top MRX teams. Available at Algonquin Outfitters.
The North Face
High quality outer wear and gear. You'll need it racing the MRX. Available at Algonquin Outfitters.
Links and Resources
Below are some links to help you out when planning your paddling season in Muskoka and Algonquin including outfitters, boat builders and repair shops, paddling events and resources, food, accommodation, and more.