First Ever Paddle Sports Race Comes To The Baker River Valley

The Mountain Village Charter School presents the Baker River Regatta with support from Plymouth State University
Local paddlers gear up! The Baker River Regatta the Baker River Valley’s first and only paddle sports race and fun event will be held on May 5, 2018. With free clinics leading up to the event and categories for all skill levels, everyone is able to participate. It will be a fun day of canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding on the Baker and Pemigewasset Rivers to raise money for the Mountain Village Charter School.

The regatta course runs from Smith Bridge to the Plymouth Amphitheater and Rotary Park. This section of the river is great for novices as it is smooth and quick without rapids or portages. The course is modified for expert paddlers with additional upstream portions. Classes include men, women, mixed teams, high school, college, business, junior/senior, century and family. There are also some fun categories you can enter such as “best costume” and “most trashed picked up” which are perfect for paddlers wanting to participate without being timed.

On the two Saturdays prior to the regatta (April 21 and 28), the PSU Outdoor Center in conjunction with the regatta committee will offer free clinics for novices or anyone wanting to preview the entire regatta course. These 3-4 hour will also offer information about paddling
skills and race tactics. To help paddlers get in shape for the race, students from PSU’s Exercise & Sports Physiology program have developed fitness training plans and one-on-one coaching is available with expert, national champion paddlers.

The race starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Smith Bridge, located at 107 Smith Bridge
Road in Plymouth, NH. Pre-registration at guarantees a t-shirt, although day-of
registration is also welcome starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults and teens and $15 for children 12 and under and students with valid PSU ID. All proceeds support the Mountain Village Charter School. For more information about the regatta, the clinics, and the fitness training opportunities, visit the website above or email

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