May 19, 2018

Akron Portage 'n Paddle 2018

May 19, 2018 Lake Nesmith • Manchester Rd, AkronOH  44314 View Map Organized by West Hill Community Development Corporation

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About this event

May 19, 2018

Lake Nesmith

Manchester Rd, AkronOH  44314
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Akron Portage 'n Paddle canoe and carry race celebrates Akron's heritage as the unique and revered sacred grounds where the nation's two water systems converge.

This fun and creative endurance sporting competition and community celebration follows the Towpath Trail from Nesmith Lake to Summit Lake and on to the locks of downtown Akron. The first part of the race will be paddling in canoes/kayaks, then competitors will have the opportunity to also get out of the water and carry (portage) their canoes/kayaks to the finish line.

Fee includes race participation, lunch, T-shirt, wooden engraved necklace. event promotional items from various vendors and free admission to Earth Day, Canoe Encampment, Portage lessons, Portage history talk workshop.

Different divisions compete together:  Relay team of four, teams of two and individuals compete. Kayaks as well as canoes welcome.  The total paddling mileage is 6.5  options for additional short portage (.5 mi.) or long portage (1.5 mi.).   

Bring your own equipment...or canoe and kayak rentals available!!

PLEASE NOTE: Don't like the water?  You can stay totally dry by participating on bicycle or hiking/walking/running along the Towpath, too. Sign up for the "PEDAL" or "PACE" options.  

JOIN US as we shine the light on the most sacred grounds in the entire United States--wet and dry-- that we always read and hear about, but never pay tribute to with a celebratory event -- until now!


Registration Includes:

  • Burnished Wood Finisher Necklace and certificate
  • 1 Box Lunch
  • 1 Portage N' Paddle Event T-shirt
  • Virtual Event "Promo Bags" loaded with coupons and discounts. 


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Event details and schedule

Event Schedule  

OPTIONAL Registration Pick-up: at Simon Perkins Stone Mansion on Friday, May 18 prior to race day from 4-7 pm including a Portage Trail History Talk by the Summit County Historical Society.  


8-9:45 am Race Check-in for registration and packet pick-up at Nesmith Lake Park

10 am  Start of Race

12-2 pm  Race Finish and After Party in Cascade Valley


In the water (canoeing or kayaking) options:  Nesmith Lake Park to Summit Lake to Spaghetti Warehouse

Out of the water (portaging) options: Downtown Towpath Trail to Lock 3 or carry on to Cascade Valley 

Out of the water (peddle or pace) options: Follow the Towpath on bicycle or on foot


Race Start--Nesmith Lake Park parking lots: Manchester Rd & Nesmith Lake Blvd, Akron

Race End for Short Portage  Downtown Akron (near Akron Civic) parking ramp and onstreet parking

Race End for Long Portage and After Party:  Mustill Store/Cascade Lofts, 248 Ferndale St (North & Howard streets), Akron


    • Canoe and kayak rentals available
    • Additional T-shirts and lunches available for purchase
    • Free shuttles available from Lock 3 and Mustill store/Cascade Lofts to Nesmith Lake starting Point 
Lake Nesmith • Manchester Rd, AkronOH  44314 Get Directions

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