​​​​Newaygo Nationals Association and the Michigan Canoe Racing Association (“M.C.R.A.”) bring you this year’s PowerPaddle on the Muskegon River.  The Power Paddle will take place on 2 days: Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, 2020. Race HQ for this Event is located at the DuChemin Park Pavilion (Croton Pond Boat Launch) at 5439 Washington Street, Newaygo MI 49337. All participants will receive a competitor t-shirt and complimentary beer after you finish your race from the New Holland Brewing Co (21 and older).  Cash prizes will also be awarded and racers and their families should stick around for the awards ceremony on Sunday where a lunch provided by RiverStop Café will be provided. For additional information please visit our FaceBook or website at www.NewaygoNationals.org or call 231-335-1165.  Additional questions email info@newaygonationals.org

Saturday, June 6: PowerPaddle (DAY 1)
9:00am – Registration Opens: DuChemin Park in Croton (Croton Pond Boat Launch) Race HQ

9:45am – Racer Meeting; (Race HQ)

10:05am- C-1 Women Start

10:10am - C-1 Men Start

12:00 – 1:00pm – Racers finish at Henning Park

Sunday, June 7: PowerPaddle (DAY 2)
8:00am – Registration Opens: DuChemin Park in Croton (Croton Pond Boat Launch) Race HQ

9:00am – Racer Meeting; (Race HQ)

9:20am- C-2 Adult/Youth (starts below portage at the same time as C2 Mixed)

9:25am – C2 Start

11:30am – 12:30pm – Racers Finish at Henning Park

1:00pm – Lunch Provided for Racers and families by RiverStop Café at Shaw Park (Next to Henning Park)

1:15pm – PowerPaddle Day 1 & 2 Awards at Henning Park

Attendance at pre-race meetings is mandatory. Each contestant must have a US Coast Guard approved PFD in their craft at all times while competing in paddling Events. 

Inclement Weather: Before Event starts, if thunder is heard and/or lightning seen from an approaching thunderstorm, the racers, race helpers, and spectators shall take proper shelter and wait until immediate threat has dissipated or Race HQ has issued the ALL CLEAR. Once a race has started, if lightning is seen and/or you hear loud thunder; get off the water immediately and seek proper shelter. In the event of a WEATHER EMERGENCY the race may be called off and the race clocks may be stopped. 

Waiver of Liability: All racers/participants must read, understand and sign a Waiver to be allowed to compete in any of the Events associated with the PowerPaddle. You will not be allowed to participate if you have not completed a valid waiver.

It is with great sadness that we as Newaygo Nationals Association have had to come to the decision for the 2020 year to cancel Power Paddle (June) and USCA Nationals (August). We have reached this decision in collaboration with Newaygo County Emergency Services, Michigan Canoe Racing Association (MCRA) and the United State Canoe and Kayak Association (USCA). Their respective Boards share our concerns and those of NCES with respect to limiting the spread and exposure of Covid 19 with events that bring in hundreds of people from all over North America and many other countries. No one knows what will happen in the months ahead, and erring on the side of caution and restraint is what we must do. With this in mind, both of these popular events on the Muskegon River are being delayed. At present, we are working with the MCRA in possibly rescheduling PowerPaddle to later in the Summer or fall. The USCA has agreed to push back Nationals one full year. As such the USCA National championships will take place in Newaygo in August 2021. At this time, we are planning on 2DamTuff in October. Registration is being delayed until June 1st, when we might all have a clearer view of how Summer and Fall 2020 might play out. Thank you again for the faithful support of the racing community, volunteer community and our volunteers that make these events possible. We hope you and your families are staying safe and that we can return to hosting world class events later this year. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@newaygonationals.org