Youghness Monster 25 Kayak, Canoe & SUP Race May 4th 2019


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 May 4th 2019
Youghness Monster 25 Paddlesports Race is a 25 mile  down river race. Class 1 & 2 water depending on river levels. The  race is a Kayak, Canoe and SUP benefit race to raise funds for the West  Newton Volunteer Fire Company for equipment and operating expense.  
The  race will have several classes to include unlimited, sea kayak, tandem,  recreational and fishing kayaks. Canoes and SUP's there will be several classes. The water level is controlled by the U.S. Corp of Engineers at the Youghiogheny Dam. You will be able to race any type of Canoe, Kayak, or SUP. The race starts in Connellsville, PA at the Connellsville Boat Ramp. Finishes at the West Newton Volunteer Fire Dept. and Bloom Brew. The race main sponsor is Performance Kayak Inc and Stellar Kayaks & Surfskis. Performance Kayak is involved with most all of the kayak racing in Western PA. Performance Kayak is Western Pa's premier kayak dealer and can supply you with all you need to get on the water.  2018 there were 74 participants, paddlers from 14 states and we raised $2424 for the West Newton Volunteer Fire Dept.  Come join the fun May 4th 2019. 

Registration   closes on May 2nd at midnight. Registration and packet pickup will be  at  Connellsville Boat Ramp May 3rd at 4pm-7pm. There is a spaghetti  dinner for $8 at registration Friday night.
Saturday morning there  will be also packet pickup and registration from 7am-9am at the race  start at 325 N First St, Connellsville, PA 15425

1. PFD’s Must be worn at all times
2. If you are injured or someone else is dial 911
3. Mandatory Pre race meeting at 9:30
4. Race starts at 10:00. It is chip timed so you can start when you are ready.
5. When you cross the timing mat your time begins
6. If you need help there are check points at mile 6, 13, and 19 (you do not have to stop or check –in)
7. Mile 13 check point if you need to drop out for any reason we have a shuttle and trailer
8. Volunteer Fire Depts will have rescue boats at select positions monitoring the race
9. There will be medics monitoring the trail that follows the river on the left downstream
10. If for some reason you have to get out pull out on the left side of the river and go to the trail
11. There will be cyclists traveling the trail monitoring the race
12. The center of the river is usually the deepest
13. Performance Kayak is located at mile 24
14. Finish line is at mile 25 past the West Newton Bridge on the right  
15. Your bib race number has a ticket for 1 free beer (extra beer will be available for purchase)
16. Second ticket on your bib is for food
17. Shuttles will start back to Connellsville when full 

Phone Numbers to reach for help. If you or someone else is injured dial 911
Hansel Lucas   (Director) 724-987-3597
Steve Brunner (Director) 724-884-3163

Start line address is 325 N First St, Connellsville, PA 15425
Finish line Address is 100 Riverside Dr.  West Newton, PA 15089

May 4th 2018 The Youghness Monster 25 is a 25 mile canoe & kayak race from Connellsville - West Newton, PA on the Youghiogheny River.

We will have buses to shuttle you after the race to get your vehicle if needed.

The Course

Helmets are not required. PFD's must be worn and an audible sounding device (whistle) are required. The race is on a very scenic section of the Youghiogheny River. The kayak & canoe race is on class 1 & 2 water that anyone can do. There are some fun rapids. At the perfect water level that we expect this time of the year you can use any type of canoe or kayak. Water temp should be around 65 degrees.

Race Classes

Awards to the top 3 in each class

Also awards to the top 3 fastest time in singles overall

Check the race class page for more info

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Youghness Monster 25 Canoe & Kayak Race

West Newton, Pennsylvania, United States