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A Sprint + A Float in Rumford

Androscoggin Adventure is Aug. 28

From Chisholm Ski Club

RUMFORD – The Androscoggin Adventure, featuring a “Spring” and a “Float” will take place in Rumford on Saturday, Aug. 28.

Presented by Chisholm Ski Club Paddle Sports and EnvisionRumford the event will take place from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine.

The day on the water celebrates the Androscoggin, the community, and the Maine tradition of water sports from easing on down the river with family and friends to racing currents and each other in canoes, kayaks, and SUPs.

Float + Sprint

The focus of the Androscoggin Adventure is to encourage and nurture recreational use of the Upper Androscoggin River and to cap another great Maine summer.

Rumford’s new boat launch—which includes 20-foot precast concrete planks, a concrete abutment with lay-down planks and ample parking—is designed to make launching and reloading boats work easily with river current.

Awards and will be presented immediately after the race. Participants are encouraged to bring spectators, friends, and family.

No river celebration is complete without onshore festivities (and the occasional dip). Following an awards ceremony at noon, food, music by Jim Gallant, a Cornhole Tournament, and Kids’ Zone will be held from 12:30 – 3:00.

The event happens rain or shine. If it’s raining, off-river festivities will be held in tents and the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club building.

On-water safety will be provided by Mahoosuc Search and Rescue, which has extensive swift water and river rescue training with assistance by local volunteers.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Chisholm Ski Club Youth Development Program, EnvisionRumford, Mahoosuc Mountain Search and Rescue and Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club.

Sponsors

Androscoggin Adventure sponsors include CEI Consultants, Inc., The Barn Collection, and The Philbrook Place of Bethel, Maine; Gaskyl Productions, InkMaine, and T&T Head Shop of Rumford, Maine and Dan Warner, also of Rumford.

Adventure Float

Family, friends and kids-friendly, the Float begins at Hastings Landing in Rumford Center between 9:30 – 10:00 am and runs to the Rumford Boat Landing.

Given all manner of frivolity and a River Poker Run and Treasure Hunt, estimated float times range from 2 – 3 hours.

Adventure Sprint

Sprint Registration is through the Chisholm Ski Club website: Androscoggin Adventure Sprint – Racer Registration

Multi-Class Canoe, Kayak and SUP Classes

Two Person Canoe—Male or Mixed

Two Person Canoe—Female

Two Person Canoe—First Responder, Any Gender

Individual Kayak—Male

Individual Kayak—Female

Individual Stand-up Paddle Board—Male

Individual Stand-up Paddle Board—Female

The racecourse is a quick four miles of the Androscoggin River and starts at the Rumford Boat Launch located on Route 2, Rumford. The course loops around Wheeler Island at the Rumford Falls dam, runs upriver to Mt. Zircon, and finishes back at the launch.

There is current the entire length of the course.

Racers are required to sign a liability waiver and each craft is required to have a Coast Guard approved PFD for each person with anyone under age 14 wearing their PFD during the race. Each boat must also have at least one bailer.

Chisholm Ski Club is located at Black Mountain of Maine Ski Area in Rumford, Maine. The Club has a rich tradition which dates to the early days of the 20th century at its Spruce Street location and its mid-1900s days at Scottie’s Mountain.

Over the yearsn the Club has hosted several world class Nordic skiing events, including the 1950 World Championships, 1976 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1991 National Biathlon Championships, 1993 US Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1992 USSA XC Jr. Olympics, 1993 U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, the first ever U.S./ North American Women’s Ski Jumping Championships in 1996, 1996 National Junior Olympics, 1996 Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championship, the 2003 Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, the 2004 Chevrolet US Cross Country Championships, the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, the 2010 USCSA National Championships, and the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Championships. chisholmskiclub.org

About EnvisionRumford

EnvisionRumford is a grassroots community group that began in 2013. In 2021, a reorganization has introduced new directors, a membership drive, revitalized advertising and fundraising campaign, and development plans to better the Rumford community, including many new and exciting events in the summer and fall of 2021, and beyond.

EnvisionRumford Mission: To collectively bring the community and all businesses together while enhancing Rumford with new events and community fundraisers. EnvisionRumford’s goal is to encourage memberships and communication for local businesses to become “supporters not competitors.” More, to discuss cross promotions between businesses, sales ideas, advertising, new business development, parking, cleanup, and more. EnvisionRumford will expand its reach to other business districts for complete inclusivity in the area. EnvisionRumford.org

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