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Akron Portage 'n Paddle



Event Type(s): Sports & Recreation, Special Events / Holiday
Organization: Akron Portage 'n Paddle/ Shanti Community Farms
Description: Second annual portage ‘n paddle canoe competition and outdoor festival features prehistoric Native American Canoe Encampment

Celebrating Akron’s unique and historic Native American heritage by adding entertaining and educational elements in 2018

Akron is once again offering a new and unique, one-of-a-kind special sporting and cultural event that no other city in the world can claim:

Celebrating Akron’s 8-mile, 3-mile and 1-mile expanses of Native American holy ground between the U.S. continent’s two river systems, the Portage ‘n Paddle canoe race is once again being held on ?May 19th ?featuring canoes and kayaks in and out of the water racing through Akron’s urban lakes, canals, downtown streets and recreation trails along the Ohio & Erie Canal.

At the endpoint of the competition where participants are laying down their canoes or kayaks at the finish line after portaging, is the new prehistoric canoe encampment. Located at the new Trailhead Events Center of Cascade Lofts at North and Howard streets, the encampment will feature a dugout canoe, wigwam, firepit and canoe stand. A formal dedication will be made at the site on May 19 as part of the Akron Portage ‘n Paddle awards ceremony.

Akronites have always taken pride in the Portage Path. Signage and sculptures touting its virtues are found everywhere in city parks. Even some of Akron’s roads, schools and organizations are named after it. The Portage Path legend, focusing on the sacred ground between America’s two major waterways, the Tuscawaras (Tusc) flowing south to the Gulf of Mexico and the Little Cuyahoga flowing north to Lake Erie, is now coming alive with a brand new endurance race and community festival heralding the sacred ground.

The Akron Portage ‘n Paddle canoe race will first take place on the water with paddling from Nesmith Lake to Summit Lake to downtown’s Lock 1 near the Spaghetti Warehouse. Competitors will then leave the water, carrying their boats up a stair step dock along the towpath to Lock 3, along the Innerbelt/Hwy. 59 then on to the new Cascade Valley Lofts and Mustill Store.

As an officially-designated Cuyahoga River Watershed’s River Days celebration, the Akron Portage ‘n Paddle in addition to the new prehistoric historic canoe landing encampment will also include: Summit Lake clean-up by boat on Earth Day, portaging demonstrations and lessons, portage history talks, bicycle tours along the Towpath Trail including a Midnight-to Dawn offering under a full moon, and race after-party award celebration with music, food and outdoor activities at Mustill Store and Cascade Lofts.
Address: 69 S Maple St
69 S Maple St
Akron, Ohio 44312
Contact Name: Tom Crain
Contact Phone: 3306346489
Date: Saturday, 5/19/2018
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 2:00 PM
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