Des Plaines Canoe and Kayak Marathon
19 May 2020
The Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon was founded in 1958 by Ralph Frese. This event has the distinction of being the second oldest continual canoe race in the United States.
The event course is 18.5 miles on the beautiful and historic Des Plaines River. There are numerous classes to accommodate people of all ages and skill levels. In 2016 a 5.25-mile non-competitive Minithon was added.
Everyone is welcome to participate. First time participants, repeat paddlers and serious competitors can all enjoy the excitement, challenge and camaraderie provided by this historic event.