The 2nd annual Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal will take place on Saturday, June 25 in Richford, Vermont and is open to both racers and non-competitive participants. The course combines 6.5 miles of flatwater paddling on the Missisquoi River and 4.5 miles of cycling back on the adjacent Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail.
Co-hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Northern Tier Center for Health, this is a family friendly event. Participants can sign-up for a non-competitive recreational class or enter to race solo, or as a pair, relay, or community team.
“This event celebrates the Missisquoi River’s National Wild and Scenic River status and the exciting recreational opportunities available in Richford,” said Karrie Thomas, executive director of Northern Forest Canoe Trail.
The course loops between Richford and East Berkshire, where the Missisquoi River passes through a scenic pastoral valley, and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail offers cyclists a traffic-free cycling experience with sweeping mountain vistas.
Check-in will be at 8:15 am in Davis Park in Richford, and there will be a participant meeting at 9:30 am. On-water start will be at 10 am with an awards ceremony following the event. Boat rentals are available for $10 by advanced reservation with local outfitter Montgomery Adventures, 802-370-2103.
Register for the paddle-pedal at www.northernforestcanoetrail.org. Adults $15 until June 20/$25 day of event; youth $10.
Lunch and refreshments will be for sale as part of the coinciding Richford River Fest in Davis Park 11 am–2 pm hosted by the Richford Conservation Commission. The family-oriented celebration of the Missisquoi River includes educational activities for kids, music, a BBQ and bake sale.
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail thanks lead sponsor Northern Tier Center for Health as well as the American Canoe Association, Jay Cloud Cyclery, Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, RiseVT and the Richford Conservation Commission.