Saturday, June 7th, 2014

36th Special Olympics Lou Marcel Canoe Race

Ahoy! This winter has made us batten down the hatches for too long…so come sail down the Merrimack River like Captain Jack! Join  Special Olympics Massachussetts for an 8 mile voyage, organize your crew and brave the wilds of the beautiful Merrimack Valley in this year’s theme “Pirates of the Merrimack River”.

All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics. This year’s race will be bigger and better than ever! Once the river excursion is done, join in the celebration at the Crescent Yacht club in Bradford. Enjoy food, beverage, live music by “Blue Moon”, as well as awards for the best costume.

Don’t own a canoe or kayak, but still want to participate? Reserve your canoes/kayaks today! Thanks to “Charles River Canoe and Kayak” canoe/kayak rentals will be delivered to the starting line in Lawrence (Essex County Alternative Correctional Facility) and retrieved at the Crescent Yacht Club in Bradford for a nominal fee of $55. Click on the “Canoe Rentals” link at to rent your canoe/kayak.

Please note: For all participants who are renting canoes from Paddle Boston, there will be no parking available at the either the Essex County Correctional Facility or the Crescent Yacht Club. Parking is available at the Upper Deck Parking lot in Haverhill on Bailey Blvd. Buses will begin shuttling people to the start of the race at 7:30 am, and can bring you backat the end of the race and throughout the afternoon.

For more information and directions, see Call the canoe race hotline if needed: 617-763-5393