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That Dam Hespeler River Race

The Dam Hespeler race loops up and down from the Jacob’s Landing side of the Hespeler Mill Pond upstream to the historic Black Bridge. The course features the natural and beautiful Speed River with twisting river sections with swifts, currents, shallows and buoy turns. There are no portages or whitewater sections. Various classes will paddle a single 5km loop or multiple loops to make up the 10km, 15km and 20km races making the race is suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers looking for distance and water current reading challenges. The purpose of the race is to promote water safety, the sport of flat water paddling and engage the community in the recreational use of the Hespeler Mill Pond and Speed River.

for Kayak we will use the following specifications:

  • HPK – high performance kayak, L:W ratio >10.99:1    (ICF, surfski included here)
  • Long Recreational Kayaks  L > 4.27m (14ft) and L:W ratio less than 9.25:1  (Touring included here)
  • Short Recreational Kayaks L equal or less than 4.27m (14ft) and L:W ratio less than 9.25:1 
  • L = waterline length / W = waterline width

Cost is per paddler, $5 discount for OMCKRA members.

Registration fees

Bantam (under 14) pond only (no promo codes) Closed

Cost is per paddler, $5 discount for OMCKRA members. Rec tandem canoes on Pond not river.

  1. $5.00
    Feb 25 - May 4

5 km - one loop Closed

Registration closed
  • classes for short kayak and rec tandem canoe

    1. Closed
      Feb 25 – Feb 25
    2. $25.00
      Feb 25 – Apr 6
    3. $30.00
      Apr 7 – May 4

10 km - two loops Closed

Registration closed
  • Classes for OC1, ICF C1, SUP, touring kayak and rec tandem canoe - Short Rec Kayak wishing to do 10K may register in the Long Rec Kayak class.

    1. Closed
      Feb 25 – Feb 25
    2. $25.00
      Feb 25 – Apr 6
    3. $30.00
      Apr 7 – May 4

15 km - three loops Closed

Registration closed
  • Classes for Pro C2, USCA C1, Stock C2 and Stock C1

    1. Closed
      Feb 25 – Feb 25
    2. $25.00
      Feb 25 – Apr 6
    3. $30.00
      Apr 7 – May 4

20 km - 4 loops Closed

Registration closed
  • Classes for HPK including ICF K1 & surfski (rec kayak may sign up in 20K as HPK if wanting a challenge)

    1. Closed
      Feb 25 – Feb 25
    2. $25.00
      Feb 25 – Apr 6
    3. $30.00
      Apr 7 – May 4

Event Schedule

  • May 4 6:00 PM EDT - Online registration closes

  • May 5 8:30 AM EDT - Onsite registration starts

  • May 5 9:45 AM EDT - Onsite registration closes

  • May 5 10:00 AM EDT - Pond race

  • May 5 10:30 AM EDT - Adult races

  • May 5 1:00 PM EDT - Start Awards, Prizes, Food

  • May 5 4:00 PM EDT - End Awards, Prizes, Food

Contact Information

Event Location

Jacob's Landing, Guelph Avenue, Cambridge, ON, Canada

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