Flatwater challenge promotes Susquehanna River beauty


The time is coming for people to get out the kayaks and canoes.

The Susquehanna Gateway Flatwater Challenge will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Indian Steps Museum.

"This event is a way to get people to the river, to experience the river and to learn about the culture of the river," said Betsy Buckingham, spokeswoman for the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area.

"We want people to see the culture and beauty of the land," said Tim Fulton, a board member for the area's organization. "We want to preserve, promote and protect the land."

The event is open to everyone of all ages and skill levels.

The river is flat, with almost no rocks, Fulton said.

"We welcome canoers and kayakers of all abilities," Buckingham said.

The race is meant to be a relaxing event for families who want to enjoy a day on the river, she said.

For the more experienced and competitive participants, this is a qualifying event for the Pennsylvania Association of Canoeing and Kayaking — PACK — members.

Have no fear: The race course will be marked and will have volunteers in canoes to help people find their way to the finish line.

After the race, which should end about noon, there will be a ceremony for the first three to finish in each of the distance categories — 1-, 4- and 8-mile races.

Participants are able to register before Saturday online at www.susquehannaheritage.org for $25 or on the day of the event for $30.

Proceeds from this weekend's event will go to benefit the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area organization.

— Reach Brianna Shea at bshea@yorkdispatch.com.