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Paddle for AGH Raft Race - Rescheduled to Sunday, Aug. 13 (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Paddle for Almonte General Hospital

Almonte Fairgrounds Beach

Raft Race Package

Registration Online Deadline: Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 Paddle for AGH is a family celebration, which combines celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, paddling the Mississippi River in Almonte and raising funds for the Almonte General Hospital.  There are six different paddling events to choose from including the Raft Race.  Please scroll down for information about the canoe, kayak, paddleboard races and community paddle events.  

 Event Schedule

11 a.m. Fairgrounds Open

                        Raft assembly begins. Spectators welcome

11 a.m. Start Community Paddles (5 Km and 1 Km)

1:30 p.m.         Start Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard Races. Participants in the Community Paddle are welcome to participate in these races.

2:30 pm. Start Raft Races

Raft Race Registration Package

Registration Information:

Click to Register

How to Register: We ask that you register online at ahead before Monday, Aug. 7.  After that you can register at the AGH-FVM Foundation office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or on event day. Come 30 minutes early.

Registration Fee: Registrants are encouraged to raise money through collecting as many pledges as possible. Win prizes and receive incentives for raising funds.

Collect $75 – receive a Paddle for AGH limited edition T-shirt

Collect $100 – receive a Paddle for AGH limited edition Ball Cap

Collect $150 – receive a $10 gift certificate for Lee Valley Tools

Collect $200 – receive a $20 gift certificate for Lee Valley Tools

Collect $300 – receive a $50 gift certificate for Lee Valley Tools

All pledgers (donors) will receive a charitable tax receipt for $20 or more.

Raft Race

The object of this event is to assemble a raft on the Almonte Fairgrounds site and, with a crew of four persons, paddle the raft across the Mississippi River, turn around a buoy and return.

The day’s events and activities will bring our community together to celebrate, have fun and raise funds in support of new Diagnostic Imaging equipment at the Almonte General Hospital.  Crews are asked to set a high goal for their fund-raising efforts.  

Raft Decoration and Crew Costumes

Prizes will be awarded to the crew with the most creatively designed, and most extravagantly decorated vessel. As well there will be prizes for the crews with the most elaborate theme-based costuming.

PRIZES (Awarded above and beyond pledge incentives)

•        1st, second and third fastest raft

•        Top Fundraiser Individuals – 1st, 2nd & 3rd

•        Top Fundraising Teams – 1st, 2nd & 3rd

•         Most Original Raft Design - 1st, 2nd & 3rd

•         Most Elaborate Theme-based Costumes – 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Raft Design Specifications

•      Must be able to support the weight of the 4 crewmembers.

•      May take any shape and be constructed of any material, but a commercial vessel may not be part of the design.

•      Must float throughout the duration of the race. Commercial paddles are acceptable.

•      Must be powered by human muscles.

•      May use non-motorized devices that give mechanical advantage.

•      The entire crew must be on the raft if they are unable to touch the bottom of the river.


1.     There is a $100 limit on new building materials.

2.     A cordless screwdriver/drill is the only power tool that will be allowed on site. Parts may be precut off site, but no pre-assembly is allowed.

3.     Everyone on the build site must be wearing safety goggles. Spectators are not allowed on the build site but may watch from a distance.

4.     All crews must wear a lifejacket or PFD rated for the size of participant.

5.     There must be at least 4 crewmembers per raft.

6.     The crew must be on the raft at all times after they are unable to touch the bottom of the river.

7.     A team will be disqualified for intentionally attempting to scuttle another vessel or dislodge a crewmember.

8.     The winner is the first crew to pick up the red cup on the beach while in contact with their raft. The three fastest rafts will receive prizes.

9.     All teams are responsible for transporting their materials to the fairgrounds and thoroughly cleaning up after themselves following the event.

 Instructions for Participants


Arrive in plenty of time to assemble your raft. Enter the fairgrounds via the entrance closest to Bridge Street. There will be parking attendants on site to assist you.  As this is a fundraiser for our hospital, spectators are asked to make a donation.

 Check-In Upon Arrival

Park your vehicle and proceed immediately to the check-in desk. The check-in desk will have a sign. You will be instructed as to where you may begin assembling your raft.

 The Build

Crews have from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to build their vessel. They are encouraged to meet ahead of race day to carefully design their craft, choose their materials, and strategize building the raft in the 3 hour allotted time frame. Parts should pre-cut and ready to assemble as the only power tool allowed on site will be a screwdriver/drill. Preassembly of the raft before race day is not allowed. Only your four crew members may be involved in building the raft.

 Upon Completion of the Build- Marshaling

Move your raft into the marshaling area near the beach. All crew must have their life jackets/PFDs on in the marshaling area.

The Chief Marshaling Officer will indicate where you are to put your raft.

All rafts must be in place in the marshaling area by 2 p.m.  Raft Races begin at 2:30 pm.

 The Race

The starter will tell you to move your craft forward to the starting line.

The race starts when the starter blows a whistle.

The crew pulls the raft off the beach and into the water in their lane.

The crew must be on the raft when they can no longer touch the bottom of the river.

The crew propels the craft forward, makes a turn around the a buoy and returns to the beach, pulls the raft out of the water, across the sand to pick up a red cup.

Only one crew member is required to pick up the cup, but that crew member must be in contact with the raft.

Questions, please:


Phone:   613-256-2500 ext. 2296

Note: All crewmembers must sign a waiver form.