2024 Grand River Madhatters Canoe And Kayak Race

Annual 8.5 mile Grand River race from Harpersfield Covered Bridge to Hidden Valley Park. Awards to top three finishers in each race category (determined by skill level and boat type). Wear a fun, crazy hat while you race! MADDEST HAT CONTEST Are you mad? (All racers qualify!) Design a hat (or some sort of river-worthy headgear) and wear it April 20th. The “maddest hat” wins a prize! The more creative, the better— just go crazy! Hats must be worn during the race and fit under bridges (clearance approx. 140 ft.).
Date:  2024-04-20
Distance:  8.5 miles
City:  Madison Township
Registration Cost:  $35.00
State:  Ohio
Hosted By:  Lake Metro Parks
  • Scenic Course
  • Nice T-Shirts
  • Custom Finisher Medals
  • Well Organized
  • Lots Of Boat Divisions And Awards
  • Weather Can Be Unpredictable
  • Parking Can Be Limited (Get There Early!)
  • Limited Cell And Internet Service At Finish Area
  • Awards Were Not Presented Due To Timing Company Website Crashing


The 8.5 mile course is full of beautiful scenery. Bald Eagles are often scene high above the cliffs. The race is well organized with lots of boat classes and awards. Free shuttles to and from the start and finish make logistics easy.
Posted May 30, 2024


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Scott O
Kent, Ohio
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I am a multi sport racer competing in running events from 5K's to marathons, duathlons, flat water kayak races, and adventure...

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