The 2014 race was postponed from its original June 28 date due to high water. The August 30 race was held following several days of heavy rain. Thus the river appears a bit muddy as compared to its normal look. A record number participated in the day-long event. Racers competed in nine categories on the 13 mile course while an equal number enjoyed a leisurely 8 mile float. Following the race, there was food, wine and beer tasting from a local brewer and winery, an awards ceremony and live entertainment into the evening. RiverBank Lodge in Petersburg served as the host site and a great time was had by all. Listed below is a two minute video about the race, followed by two slideshows. Enjoy!
Watch as people play in the ripples on a sunny Sunday afternoon on the Sangamon River south of Petersburg, Illinois.
Enjoy a few photos of a beautiful Sunday afternoon trip down the Sangamon River from Gudgel Bridge to the boat ramp at Lincoln's New Salem. During the three hour float, we watched the bald eagles that kept an eye on us, along with any fish near the surface. It was the perfect weather and a chance for friends to relax and enjoy nature. For those wanting to experience the river, but may feel more comfortable with others during their first trip, tours can be arranged and canoes provided.
Lincoln Heritage Water Trail
The race was a success, despite the threat of rain. However, temps were in the low 80s and some of the trees started to show their true colors. Following the race, there was food and refreshments at the host site, Riverbank Lodge in Petersburg. Two bands and two local singers provided great entertainment from mid afternoon until late in the night. The inaugural event was a great time and the sponsors look forward to another race next year. Please check out the short videos below to see highlights of the race, the participants and the volunteers.