SCUGOG: The 51st annual Canoe the Nonquon is taking place on Saturday, June 1st in Port Perry. The race is sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA). The race was started by the Lake Scugog Historical Society as a fundraiser for the Scugog Shores Museum Village. 51 years later we are still going strong. Over 40 volunteers help plan and organize the race each year.
The course starts on the twisty Nonquon River. For the first few kilometers there are many tight bends to practice your rudder turns. There are also some dead end channels along the river section (when in doubt always keep right). There is 12 km of river paddling followed by an 8 km sprint along the shores of Lake Scugog to the finish line.
Participants race the clock and can start anytime between 8-10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. This is a well attended race with a long-standing history in the community. Amateurs and professionals, young and older, may compete in a large number of competitive or recreational categories. Shuttle vans are available to take participants back to their cars upon concluding the race at either Robinglade Park (river only) or Palmer Park (full course).
Registration takes place at the Latcham Centre, 121 Queen Street, Port Perry on Friday, May 31st from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, June 1st from 7-10 a.m. The registration fee is $60/canoe or kayak or SUP. All participants must bring a completed registration form, signed waiver and emergency contact form to the Latcham Centre before proceeding to the start line. Upon registration at the Latcham Centre you will receive your race number. You will not be permitted to start the race without this number.
Start location is Bridge on Scugog Line 12, between Old Simcoe Road and Simcoe Road North near the village of Seagrave, 10 minutes north of Port Perry.
Finish location is Robinglade Park (if racing river only), or public pier in Port Perry, at the Latcham Centre (if racing full course)
Many local businesses have donated prizes for our Silent Auction which will be open to all during registration on Friday from 6:00 - 9:00 pm and Saturday from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm. Special thanks to Brock’s for donating a gift certificate to be awarded to the individual who raises the most money. Come and support local heritage at our event.
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The Township of Scugog Recreation Department will be kicking off their first annual community challenge event on Saturday June 1st, 2019 in Palmer Park from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Various activities will be held to promote physical activity and physical literacy. Scugog could win the prize of $150,000 and be crowned Canada’s Most Active Community. You need to have your phone in your pocket or on your hip or sync your favourite wearable fitness tracker, such as Garmin, Fitbit or Apple Watch to ensure you are automatically getting credit for all your active minutes. For more information, please, go online to www.participaction.com/en-ca/programs/get-started.
Canoe the Nonquon is the largest annual fundraiser for the Scugog Shores Museum Village. Minimum race entrance fee is $60, but all participants are encouraged to raise more money through sponsorship to support our community and the Museum as we celebrate the 51st running of the race!
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