2015 Paddlefest Weekend – NEW DATE INFORMATION



Ohio River Paddlefest 2015
“Paddle the Ohio” River Paddle
New Date Information

NEW DATE – Sunday, August 2
Races (5 mile SUP & 11 mile canoe and kayak) begin at 7:30 am at Coney Island
8.2 mile paddle begins after racers finish entering the water. The last boat will leave Coney Island at 9:00 am  Paddle finishes at the Public Landing in downtown Cincinnati. (Average paddle time is about 3.5 hours depending on skill level of paddler.)

For all registrations: Go to go to getmeregistered.com and type in Paddlefest.

Registration Transfers
For paddlers unable to make the high water date, Paddlefest is allowing for a registration transfer.  
Please have the original purchaser’s email confirmation transaction number. It will look like this:

Q361Q620 – SAMPLE number
Mail in registrants will begin with an “M.”
All transfers are for the exact purchase that is being transferred. When making a transfer, please have new paddlers complete information. (Name, address, birthdate, email address.) Follow prompts.

Refund Policy
Refunds minus online processing fees will be made to pre-registered participants who live outside a 150- mile radius of the event.  Payments will be made to the participants name affiliated with the online payment and credit card.  Please provide the transaction confirmation code, full name and address for refund.  All refunds may take up to two weeks.

REGISTRATION at Coney Island
Saturday, August 1, 9:00 am – 1 pm  – includes on-site registration, boat drop off & packet pick up.
Event Day, Sunday, August 2, 6:30 am -9:00 am – includes on-site registration & packet pick up.

Boat Drop Off on Saturday, August 1 at Coney Island
Boat drop-off will be on Saturday, August 1 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm only at Coney Island.  Paddlers may drop off boats and check in at registration to pick up packets.

Event Day – Sunday, August 2 at Coney Island
Races begin at 7:30 am
8.2-mile paddlers begin putting in water at 8:15 am
Paddle downriver to Cincinnati Public Landing takeout in front of Showboat Majestic

Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival at Yeatman’s Cove (downtown Cincinnati)
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Finish Line Festival will take place at Yeatman’s Cove on Sunday, August 2 after the river paddle. It includes live music by band, racer awards, Global Water Dancers at 11 am, food, beer and exhibitors. Shuttle buses will take paddlers from the Public Landing to Coney Island to pick up boats. Morning shuttles will still be available for anyone wishing to park in the Sawyer Point lot and shuttle to Coney Island from 6 am – 8 am.



Paddle the Ohio and the Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival

Start your morning off right paddling on the mighty Ohio River with about 1,800 fellow paddlers. This is one trip to cross off your “bucket list” and one you won’t soon forget. Paddle from Coney Island to the Public Landing in downtown Cincinnati. Enjoy floating down river with family and friends, stop for a short break at the Schmidt Field Pit Stop where you can use the facilities, fill your water bottle and head down to the finish line. 

Paddlefest registration opens at 6:30 am on  Sunday morning. Races begin at 7:30 am, after all racers have entered the water float paddlers will begin entering the water at 8:15 am with the last boat entering the water by 9:15 am.  The U.S. Coast Guard will close the Ohio River to commercial and power boat traffic as paddlers launch more than 1,400 canoes, kayaks and human powered boats After paddling join the Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival in full swing for live entertainment by The Part-Time Gentlemen, refreshments and exhibits. 

Shuttle buses will run from 9:45 am to 1:45 pm for all registered Paddlefest paddlers with event wristbands.  Bus drivers will be checking as paddlers board the bus. DO NOT REMOVE YOUR WRISTBAND if you plan to take the bus back to Coney Island. 

For more detailed event information, please click on General Information. 







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