Seneca Monster Canoe and Kayak RaceS:

the Classic and the Challenge

Seneca Monster Classic

Sept 28, 2019

13 mile race on the beautiful Seneca-Cayuga canal, Seneca County, New York

This late-season canal race attracts top-level canoe, kayak, and surf-ski athletes. Enjoy the first touch of fall with a great, cheerful end of season event.

Most of the course is on the Seneca-Cayuga canal, about 30-50 yards wide, with very little current. There is a limited open water section, but Seneca can be... a monster.

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Seneca Monster Classic Details

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019

    • Location: RiverPark Commons 1310 Waterloo-Geneva Road, Waterloo, NY.
    • Distance: 13 miles. See the course map on this site. No carries.
    • Registration: On-site registration 9AM-10AM. Advanced registration coming soon.
    • Start: Paddler's meeting 10:30AM. First Wave starts at 11AM
    • Entry Fee: $25
    • Contact: Jeff -- j . l . hogue @
    • Classes: Most standard NYMCRA classes .
    • Course Type: Open water and flat water. NOTE: Includes 4 miles across the sometimes formidable Seneca Lake.

Course Description: (map)

The loop starts in the Seneca-Cayuga canal, crosses Seneca Lake near the north shore, re-enters the Seneca-Cayuga canal, and ends at the starting point.

the MonsteR Challenge

August 3, 2019

A legendary open water challenge

Monster Challenge Details

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019

Invitation only regatta. Here's the interest form.

We need a handful of experienced marathon paddlers willing to try out this course for a future open event. We will be assessing the number and nature of safety support needed for 2020.

  • Location: Watkins Glen, NY to Geneva, NY
  • Distance: 35 miles
  • Registration: Advanced registration only (right on this site soon)
  • Start: Mandatory paddler's meeting 6:30AM, Start at 7:00AM from Clute Park in Watkins Glen.
  • Entry Fee: $50 per paddler. All paddlers must be registered and insured.
  • Contact: Jeff -- j . l . hogue @
  • Classes: Most standard NYMCRA classes . No pro boats, please. If the lake gets roaring, you probably can't stay upright.
  • Course Type: Open water on a lake with 35 miles of fetch. Could be calm or nearly impossible.

Course Description: The whole lake, from Clute Park in Watkins Glen in the south to Geneva at the north end.

Registration will require that you name a support person and provide their cell number.

Life jackets must be worn. Safety whistle required. Carry a cell phone in a waterproof pouch to call us and your support crew if you have to quit.

Past events Sanctioned By:

United States Canoe Association

A great org leading the nationwide paddling community.

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