Paddle (and eat) your way through the Great Miami River Race and Treasure Island River Fest

Published: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:55 AM

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Family fun, adventure, food trucks, a beer truck and music come together for two special events this weekend along the Great Miami River in Troy. 

Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 23.

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TREASURE ISLAND RIVER FEST

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Packed with a full day of fun, this river-centric event has tons to do for the family.

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Schedule of events:

10 a.m. — The Great Miami 12.1 Mile River Race Launches

11 a.m. — Live DJs

11 a.m. — Food Trucks Open

11 a.m. - 9 p.m. — $10 All Day Boat Demos

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. — 3 Mile Photo Scavenger Hunt

3 p.m. — 2 Up, 2 Down River Race

4 p.m. — Kids Race

5 p.m. — 500 Meter Bridge Sprint

6 .pm. — Beer Truck Opens

6 p.m. — Record Breaking Great Tube Float

7 p.m. — Awards Ceremony & Community Concert

8 p.m. — Record Breaking Giant S.U.P Event

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Demonstrating canoes, kayaks, boats, and recreational devices from Great Miami Adventures canoe livery near Tipp City on Ross Road are front to back: Kayte (cq) Jackson, Grace Kauth and Sidney Jackson, Chris Jackson, and Joe Jackson. Chris Jackson is the owner of the new business that includes a grounds for group events, or camping. Staff Photo by Jim Witmer

$10 All Day Boat Rentals: Paddle as much as you like in the scenic Treasure Island Park. $10 gets you a wrist band to use any available Kayaks, Canoes, S.U.P. boards or paddle boards as they are available. Come and go, you're not limited to one use. 

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3 mile Photo Scavenger Hunt: Try out the new 3 mile river trip being offered by Adventures on the Great Miami that travels from Twin Arch Reserve along the Great Miami back to Treasure Island Park. Take photos of the three listed landmarks with the hashtag #adventureintroy and you'll be entered to win a river pass for the rest of the 2017 season for two. $25 per person for canoe, kayak, S.U.P. or raft, $15 for tubes. Last trip leaves at 6 p.m. Preregister here.

Kids Race: Sign up the day of for a fun race around the small island at Treasure Island Park. No younger than 12 please and there must be an adult guardian accompanying to participate.

Record Breaking Great Tube Float: There will be tons, TONS, of tubes on site to try to set a record of the number of tubes on the Great Miami at one time. The tube course will run 300 meters, from the Treasure Island Park Marina to the end of the property. Bring your own or $1 gets you in one of our tubes. 

Record Breaking Giant S.U.P. Event: How many people can fit on a giant Stand Up Paddle Board? There will be an 18-foot by 5-foot paddle board. Participation is free.
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With close to 300 miles of water trails, along the Mad, Stillwater and Great Miami river, the Dayton region is ideal for paddlesports.(Contributing Writer)

GREAT MIAMI RIVER RACES

 “We want Miami County to become a paddler’s destination,” said Chris Jackson, owner of Adventures on the Great Miami. “The Great Miami is such a beautiful river and really great for these kind of races. What makes it perfect for racing is also what makes it perfect for new paddlers, nice stretches of easy flowing river without major dangerous turns or fast water. It’s amazing that it’s gone this unnoticed for so long and people are just starting to realize all of its potential. We’re excited to be a part of that!”

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THE RACES

 The 12.1 mile race - 10 a.m.

A 12.1 Mile course starting at the Treasure Island Park in Troy and traveling along the beautiful Great Miami River and finishing at Adventures on the Great Miami. The course does include a short 100-foot portage around a Low Dam in Troy. 

Race participants will launch at 15-minute increments starting at 10 a.m. All participants must finish by 9 p.m. or will be disqualified and transported back to Adventures on the Great Miami. Once you've completed the race, you and your boat will be transported back to Treasure Island Park. 

The 2 x 2 - 3 p.m.

Launching from Treasure Island Park, this 2 mile up and 2 mile back race will take you up river and then finish back at Treasure Island Park. 

The 500 Meter Bridge Sprint - 5 p.m.

Launching from Treasure Island Park, this all out sprint will travel 500 meters to the Adams Street bridge. 

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Chris Jackson owns a business, Adventures on the Great Miami, at 1995 Ross Road, Bethel Twp., that would benefit from development of a master plan for the Great Miami River. The region is about to take another step toward making Ohio’s Great Corridor a reality.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to begin developing a master plan for the 99-mile stretch of the Great Miami River meandering from Sidney to Dayton to Hamilton. The plan, estimated to cost $250,000, is seen as essential to joining various local plans along the river corridor into a single recreational area - dubbed Ohio’s Great Corridor - drawing tourists and area residents down to the river.(Jim Witmer)

CLASSES

Racing Class: Racing class is for any individual participant using a kayak over 14 feet long. 

Individual class: Individual class is for any individual participant using a kayak, canoe, or S.U.P. under 14' long. 

Team Class: Team class is for any 2 people using a 2 person kayak or canoe. 

Safety: Two trained volunteers will be launched with each heat as a lag team. Two trained volunteers will be posted at every 2 mile increment. Four volunteers will be posted at the low dam in Troy helping participants safely portage the dam. 

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AWARDS

For each of the 3 races and then for each class in each race, first place will receive $100 cash and free entry into all of next year's event, second place will receive free entry into all of next year's event and all participants will receive a medal. That's a total of 18 available prizes!

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St. Peter’s Challenge Camp participants tried their hand at canoeing with Adventures on the Great Miami. CONTRIBUTED

FEES 

Fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and do not include canoe or kayak rental.

12.1 mile river race

$55 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $80 per team class, two person canoe or kayak

 2 x 2 -2 miles up and 2 miles back

$40 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $65 per team class, two person canoe or kayak

500 meter bridge sprint

$20 per individual and racing class (kayak or S.U.P. board) | $35 per team class, two person canoe or kayak

Tri Race Bundle

Individual or Race Class - $105 | Team - $145 

Canoes and Kayaks are available for rental from Adventures on the Great Miami for $25 per person. 

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Chris Jackson owns a business, Adventures on the Great Miami, at 1995 Ross Rd., Bethel Twp., that would benefit from development of a master plan for the Great Miami River. The region is about to take another step toward making Ohio's Great Corridor a reality.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to begin developing a master plan for the 99-mile stretch of the Great Miami River meandering from Sidney to Dayton to Hamilton.The plan, estimated to cost $250,000, is seen as essential to joining various local plans along the river corridor into a single recreational area - dubbed Ohio's Great Corridor - drawing tourists and area residents down to the river.JIM WITMER / STAFF(Jim Witmer)

There will also be food trucks on site, beer for sale, live music and more. This family-friendly event has free entry. 

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WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Treasure Island River Fest and the Great Miami River Races

WHERE: Treasure Island Park at 409 N. Elm St., Troy, OH

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, beginning at 10 a.m.

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