Pontiac Canoe and Kayak Race

TBD, 2024    Play Park, Pontiac IL

Race information

Come and challenge your canoe, kayak, racing skills at the Illinois Paddling Council Pontiac Race, located Play Park, Pontiac IL on the Vermillion River (303 E Grove St, Pontiac, IL. This is a 9 mile upstream downstream race so no shuttling is required because the race starts and ends in the same location.

The Race upstream about 4.5 miles to a counterclockwise turn around a rock. After turning around the race ends at the start line. Total mileage about 9 miles. (See race course diagram below on this page)

Registration cost is $20. 

Registration is done on the Day of the Race and opens at 8:30AM. 

This race counts points towards for the IPC traveling trophies.

Race Schedule

8:30AM - Registration Opens

9:45AM - Safety Meeting

10:00AM - Race Starts

Awards after Race

No Shuttling - race starts and ends in the same location.

Race Contact Info

Tammy Josefik 

Email: Josefikt@gmail.com

Phone: (815)674-7472

Illinois Paddling Council Race Boat Classes

C1 Men

C1 Woman

C1 Masters

C2 Jr (Under 18 years old)

C2 Mixed

C2 Standard

K1 Downriver Kayak

K1 Sea Kayak

K1 Olympic

K1 Open racing Kayak (any racing kayak)

C2 Women 


Recreational /Stock Alum 

C2 Men's

C2 Master's (over 40)

K2 open

If your boat does not fit into one of these classes a class will be made for it.

Pontiac Race Course

 Note: The course maybe modified due to river conditions on the day of the race. Details will be at the Safety Meeting.

Course Overview 

4.5 Miles Upstream 4.5 Miles Down Stream Total 9 miles

Turn around at Big Rock in River (4.5 miles from the start)

Race Photos

Race Results