Canton Canoe Weekend 2015 ~ May 2nd & 3rd 


Entry forms & Waivers


 SUP event Saturday 

This is one of the premier canoe race weekends in New York State. 


This weekend there are events appropriate for the local recreational racer and teams of recreational paddlers in the relay.

And, there is top-level international level competition in solo and tandem racing canoes and kayaks. The 12 and 14- mile courses are among the most challenging on the marathon race circuit.

All races are on the Grasse River, with the start and finish (except the Downriver Rushton) at Taylor Park, Canton NY.


There is a children’s playground on site, race T-shirts, concession, ample parking, overnight camping, awards

Canton Results

Click on a year to see those results.

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2007 2008 2004 2005 2006 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Recreational 2013 Pro & Marathon 2014 Pro & Marathon 2014 Recreational
2015 & 2014 Sponsors
Platinum - Gold - Silver
Bronze - Friend - Family
Sponsor Logos will be updated as new sponsors come onboard.

All events

You can pay by credit card at registration

2015- on board supporting canoe and kayak racing in Canton

Saturday May 2

(1)Modern Rushton

(2) C-1 & K-1 Pro & Amateur Marathon

(3)Downriver Rushton


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Saturday ~ 9:30
Modern RushtonRace

    1, 3, 5 & 8 miles​

Registration: pre-register or on-site by 9:15

Start time: 9:30 

Rushton Recreational Races (5 miles)
  Solo canoe - M & W; Solo kayak - M & W

  Tandem canoe - M, W, Mx, Ad/Y, Jr, Ad/Jr  

  Unlimited canoe - M, W, Mx
SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards) - M, W (1 & 3 miles)

Antique Canoe Race (3 miles)
Youth Races (1 mile)

War Canoe & Voyager (5 miles)
C-4 Race (8 miles)
(NYMCRA Points Race)
College Student C-4 (8 miles)

SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) (1 & 3 miles)

Awards @ 11:30


   Race t-shirts to all


Forge Racing and Forge Financial give generously to multiple events throughout the country. Marc Gillespie received an award in 2014 from NYMCRA recognizing his 10+ years of sponsoring events. The exact total is unknown but it is in the neighborhood of $50K . Thank you Marc.

Donations from race organizers for drawing prizes:

Thank you GRB and Gene Newman for providing our wooden plaques for awards, saving us approximately $500 if we had to purchase prizes.

IOne of our loyal sponsors is again with us. Thank you Canton Best Western. On race weekend their parking lot will fill with more canoes than cars as paddlers come from afar with several boats on each vehicle.

Registration: pre-register or on-site by 12:00

Start time: 12:30

C-1 Pro Championships (14 miles) 

     Pro sprint loop 

C-1 & K-1 Amateur Marathon (12 miles)

     NYMCRA Points Race

Awards @ 3:00


   Pro Purse

   Race t-shirts to all   

Saturday ~ 12:30 ​
C-1 Pro Race 

    14 miles

C-1 & K-1 
Amateur Marathon

    12 miles - NYMCRA  C-1 & K-1 Points Race

Start Procedures and Rules


$3000 C-1 Pro Purse

2014 sponsors yet to reply

Sponsoring race discounts to vetrans and active duty. Free entry for Wounded Warriors


5 miles downriver, Pyrites to Taylor Park

Saturday May  2


The Rushton tour will take place on Saturday, at approximately 4pm.

Participants please register at Taylor Park from 1-3:00. There will be a late registration at the race start.

If you participate in the morning Rushton Recreational Race or the afternoon C-1 & K-1 Marathon you will receive a FREE registration for the Rushton Tour. Sign up at your race registration to qualify.


The race will begin in Pyrites and end at Taylor Park. There are tshirts for this race but no awards.

         The Rushton Family      



Kelly Farms

Got Milk

Sunday May 3


(1) C-2  Pro & Amateur Marathon

(2)Rushton Team Relay


Food to fuel you

Canton & Potsdam

C-2 Pro & Amateur Marathon
Sunday ~ 9:30

C-2 Pro & Pro Mx  (Pro Purse)

     14 miles   NYMCRA PRO POINTS RACE



​C-2 Amateur Marathon

     12 miles     NYMCRA C2 Amateur Points Race


Start Procedures and Rules

Registration: pre-register or on-site by 9:00

Start time: 9:30

C-2Pro & C-2ProMx (14 miles)

    NYMCRA Pro Points Race

C-2 Amateur Marathon (12 miles)

    NYMCRA Points Race

K-1 -  special 6-mile K-1 race 

Awards @ 12:15


For after hours hooting
Canton NY


Sunday ~ 1:30

Rushton Relay &
 College Relay Challenge

    2 miles

Tandem Canoe: teams

Registration: pre-register or on-site by 1:00

Start time: 1:30 

Relay Teams: 4-6 paddlers take turns on the 1, 2/3 & 1/3 mile legs of the relay. Separate classes for men, women, mixed, family and high school teams

College Relay Challenge: teams must be co-ed & have 6 student  paddlers

Recreational canoes only
Awards @ 2:00


  Race t-shirts to all

  Drawing prizes

Community Bank

Healey Medical Practice

Commercial Press

Howe Reale Inc.

Call of the Loon Photography

Joanne Kennedy

Mississippi Kayaks

Leberge & Curtis


Healing Hands Massage


A.J.'s Septic

On the spot when you need it

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Taylor Park, Canton NY

Taylor Park, Canton NY

Taylor Park

Access Care

Home Physical Therapy & Nursing

You B&B 10 minutes from start line

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Bicknell Building Supply, Potsdam