Registrations for the Reservoir Challenge will be accepted until we run out of boats (including day-of registration). We currently have no tandem kayaks available for either of the afternoon guided paddles, and limited single kayaks, but plenty of canoes. Those with their own boats will be able to register through the day of the Challenge.



Entrance is free for Spectators!

PLEASE NOTE: The Reservoir Challenge is a fundraiser for Hackensack Riverkeeper.

This is not a day of open paddling.
Paddlers must be registered in a race or Guided Paddle to go out on the reservoir.

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l Event Date: Saturday, June 5   (Rain Date: Sunday, June 6)

l Location: Oradell Reservoir, Lake Shore Drive, Haworth, NJ (Use the enclosed directions).

l Registration Deadline: Monday, May 24th, 2010. Late registration permitted based upon availability.

l Registration Fee: $25 entry fee per paddler per event (Races and Guided Paddles).

l Rental Fee: $25 per boat (Single Kayak, Tandem Kayak or Canoe).

l Age Restriction: You must be 18 or older to rent a single kayak. Children under 18 may participate in the Races or Guided Paddle only if they are accompanied and supervised by an adult while on the water.

l Payment Terms: Payment by check, credit card or cash is required to reserve space in any of the Races or Guided Paddles. Payments will not be processed until a few days before the event, once we determine that the weather will cooperate.

l What to bring: Water, Sunscreen, Hat/Sunglasses, Change of clothes, Dry Bag, NO CAMERAS

 

Schedule 

8:00 AM     Check-in opens. Participants MUST check-in at least ½ hour before their event.

 

9:30 AM     Races (10k race will start first, followed immediately by the 5k race). Everyone entered in the races must be off the water by 11:30 AM. Awards Ceremony will take place at 12:15 PM.

 

10:00 AM   Bird-Walk (no registration required, meet at the check-in area, and bring your binoculars).

 

11:45 AM   Mayor’s Cup Challenge (don’t miss this opportunity to see your local Mayors compete in a kayak race for the coveted Mayor’s Cup Trophy). The Cup will be presented following the race.

 

BBQ Lunch from Whole Foods will be available for purchase from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM.

 

12:15 PM   Awards Ceremony for 5k, 10k & Mayor’s Cup.

 

1:00 PM     Participants registered for Guided Paddle #1 should meet at the check-in area at 1:00 to sign waivers and gather their equipment.

 

1:30 PM     Guided Paddle #1

 

2:00 PM     Bird-Walk (no registration required, meet at the check-in area, and bring your binoculars).

 

3:00 PM     Participants registered for Guided Paddle #2 should meet at the check-in area at 3:00 to sign waivers and gather their equipment.

 

3:30 PM     Guided Paddle #2

 

All boats must be off the reservoir by 5:00 PM.

 

Guidelines

For security reasons, no cameras will be allowed beyond the gates into the reservoir area.

 

All boats must be scrubbed with a mild bleach solution before entering the reservoir (we will have a wash station set-up for participants bringing their own boats).

 

5k and 10k races will follow the same course (1 lap = 5k,  2 laps = 10k).

 

Places are determined by the first three (3) boats from each race to cross the finish line.

 

All paddlers must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD), in good and serviceable condition and of appropriate size for the intended user for the duration of the Races or Guided Paddles.

 

Paddles, PFD’s and whistles will be provided to those who rent a boat. Anyone bringing their own boat must provide their own paddle, PFD and whistle.

 

You must be 18 or older to rent a single kayak. Children under 18 may participate in the Races or Guided Paddles if they are accompanied and supervised by an adult while on the water.

 

Safety boats will be on the water to provide assistance.

 

Paddlers must stop to provide assistance to any other paddler who appears to be in distress.

  

DIRECTIONS TO LAKE SHORE DRIVE, HAWORTH, NJ

USE THESE DIRECTIONS – YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE EVENT FROM THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT (WEST) END OF LAKE SHORE DRIVE.

 From Route 17 or Kinderkamack Road and points west:

 1.  From Route 17 North or South, take the exit for RIDGEWOOD Avenue toward Oradell. Ridgewood Avenue becomes ORADELL AVENUE. Continue all the way to the end at GRANT AVENUE, and follow direction #4, OR

2.  Take Kinderkamack Road (north or southbound) to ORADELL AVENUE.

3.  Turn onto Oradell Ave. eastbound and proceed about two-thirds of a mile to its terminus at GRANT AVENUE.

4.  Turn LEFT onto Grant Ave. and proceed about one-quarter mile and Grant Ave. bears right and becomes SUNSET AVENUE.

5.  Continue 1 mile on Sunset, then turn left on HAWORTH DRIVE.

6.  After about one-quarter mile, turn right onto HAWORTH AVENUE.

7.  Proceed about one-quarter mile, and turn left on MAPLE STREET.

8.  Continue on Maple St. for one-half mile, and turn left onto LAKE SHORE DRIVE.

9.  Continue on Lake Shore Drive until you enter United Water property. You will be shown where to park. If you are bringing your own boat, you will drive to the pickup/dropoff site and unload, and then return to the parking area.

From Washington Avenue / Schraalenburgh Road and points east:

 1. From the south, take Washington Avenue north until it becomes Schraalenburgh Road in Haworth. Continue to the light at Durie Avenue, and turn left. Durie Ave. quickly becomes LAKE SHORE DRIVE, OR

    From the north, take SCHRAALENBURGH ROAD south to the light at DURIE AVENUE, and turn right. Durie Ave. quickly becomes LAKE SHORE DRIVE.

2. Continue on Lake Shore Drive until you enter United Water property. You will be shown where to park. If you are bringing your own boat, you will drive to the pickup/dropoff site and unload, and then return to the parking area.

 Please send completed form and payment to:
Hackensack Riverkeeper
231 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601


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