YANKTON, S.D. – The Riverboat Days Kayak Run, a five-mile jaunt on the Missouri River during the city of Yankton’s signature summer event, returns to the water Aug. 19.
Dozens of paddlers in everything from canoes to surf skis take to the event each year, looking forward to it as a great way to celebrate the namesake of the festival while competing for prize money. The event begins at the small cove called “The Bubble” near Chief White Crane State Park on Toe Road in western Yankton. It ends at Paddle Wheel Point, just down river from Riverside Park, the headquarters of Riverboat Days.
All participants get t-shirts and a chance to see how fast they can finish the course, which wends its way on the southern (or Nebraska) side of a pair of islands just before the Discovery and Meridian bridges on the Missouri National Recreational River. Participants must use the small channels during the Run, giving them a unique view of a lesser-known aspect of the river in the Mother City of the Dakotas.
While a few paddlers will gun for first place, most take part for the fun of being on the water. You can join them by going to the Riverboat Days 2017 website. Click on the events calendar and you’ll find a link to a registration form for the Kayak Run. Complete it and send it by mail to South Dakota’s Best River Races LLC, the organization behind the event.
Registration is $25. Call organizer Jarett C. Bies for information or just register. A bus will help participants who wish to move their cars to the finish line area prior to the event.
Contact: Jarett C. Bies, 605-941-4940 or firstname.lastname@example.org