25th Annual Scantic Spring Splash Canoe and Kayak Race
With a mild winter behind us and the weather and water warming up, the Scantic River Watershed Association recently announced the 25th Annual Scantic Spring Splash Canoe and Kayak Race will take place Saturday March 26th 2016, again marking the official start of spring for the Town of Enfield. As this is the 25th annual race, the Race Committee would like to welcome back all past paddlers and volunteers to come help celebrate this very special year.
A few special events have been planned around the race this year. There will be a special appearance of Colonel Augustus Hazard along with the 9th Mass Light Artillery, a Civil War re-enacting group. They will be firing a 12 lb. Mountain Howitzer cannon. The cannon was cast in Boston, Massachusetts in 1846 and will be fired at 12:15 PM to officially start the race. The Civil War group and Colonel Hazard will be dressed in authentic Civil War artillerist uniforms and will be available for questions and pictures during the race.
There will also be a fund raising event on Monday, March 21 at the
Powder Hollow Brewery
starting at 6:00 PM. For a $10.00 donation contributors will receive a token for one of the many locally brewed beers and will be able to sample food prepared and courtesy of Springfield College Catering/Aramark. Race Committee members will be available for racers that wish to pre-register for the race. Pictures from past year’s races will be available for viewing and race videos will be shown for additional entertainment.
This year’s other major sponsors of the race are
Camerota Truck Parts
Powder Hollow Brewery
Registration is held from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the Powder Mill Barn on South Maple Street in Enfield, CT. The registration fee is $25.00 per participant (any paddler). The race Committee is again supporting the Enfield Food Shelf by collecting donations of non-perishable food items. Race participants and spectators are encouraged bring donations to fill a canoe with food as they have for many of the past 25 years.
The start for all racers is at Quality Avenue in Somers, CT. Volunteers restrict parking so plan on a quick boat drop and then drive your car to the end-destination of your race. A free bus shuttle offered by Smyth Bus Company will bring you back to the start and finish locations. The NOVICE CLASS is in the water first, starting promptly at 11:30 A.M. The EXPERT CLASSES follow with a 12:00 P.M. start. Don’t miss your start time!
Before, during and after the race hot & cold food and snacks will be provided by the Scantic River Watershed Association for a nominal fee in the Powder Mill Barn. The South Maple Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic during the event.
Spectators wishing to watch the race from the South Maple Street Bridge area are encouraged to park at the Fermi High School teacher’s parking lot at the corner of Moody Road and North Maple St. and take a free shuttle bus provided by Smyth Bus Company. The shuttle bus will begin picking up spectators at Fermi at approximately 11:30 am. Both buses will provide transportation from the barn to the Fermi Lot after the race is over.
New safety rules have been put in place by the Race Committee and all participants in the Expert Class race (Quality Ave. to S. Maple St.) will be required to wear safety helmets. All racers must wear approved over the shoulder PFD. All kayakers, and participants 16 and under must also wear a safety helmet regardless of the race they participate in. All participants are encouraged to wear wet suits due to the cold water. Rentals can be reserved for the day of the race from Enfield Scuba & Water Sports at 860-745-7282.
Race course descriptions, registration forms, and further information is available by checking the website at www.ScanticSpringSplash.org
or by calling Mike Dynia at 860-745-9986 or email