ILWACO, Wash.- The Baker Bay Kayak and Canoe Race at the mouth of the Columbia River will launch from the Ilwaco Harbor Marina Saturday, Sept.18. Registration packets can be picked up from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and staggered start times of ten or fewer paddlers will begin at noon.

The Baker Bay Race is an event for everyone, both paddlers and observers said Bruce Peterson, event organizer and co-owner of The Wade Gallery. It's a celebration of living and playing in the great Pacific Northwest.

The 10K flat-water circular course is located in the northeastern section of Baker Bay, a shallow water estuary sheltered by Sand Island, and finishes at the Ilwaco Harbor.

Entry is limited to the first 100 people that register and is open to competent paddlers 14 years and older who have signed a liability waiver and whose boats are deemed seaworthy. Those 18 and under must have written parental consent and be accompanied by an adult. Entry fees are $35 per person by Sept. 16 and $40 on the day of the race. In case of unsafe conditions as declared by the U.S. Coast Guard, a postponement date has been set for Sept. 25. Registration forms and more information can be found at (www.bakerbayrace.com). For phone reservation, please call (360) 642-2291

Registered entrants will receive the following: a race number bib; a Baker Bay long-sleeve tee shirt; a pass for a fresh salmon and tuna barbecue post-race dinner; gift and discount coupons; a finisher's certificate; and a raffle ticket for free dinners, prints and gifts.

Awards will be given to the top three finishers for each of nine divisions in these age brackets: 24 years and under; 25 to 45 years; and 46 years and over. Divisions are decided by type of boat, length of kayak, gender of participant and, for canoes, singles or doubles.

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