Over the weekend of 10–11 December, 2022, BGCC will host the 28th 24 Hour Paddling Challenge, at Molonglo Reach, Campbell, ACT.

Entry Categories: Teams of Solo or Multi-person; Competitive or Recreational; 24 or 16 hours. (For 16 hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, plus 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday)

Entries:           via JustGo;   Earlybird Entries: by Monday 5th December. Final Entries: Wednesday 7th December.

Entry Fee:      $20 for Juniors;             $30 for U23;               $40 for over 65;          $45 for all others

Course:           4.7 km loop course on Molonglo River (or as dictated by river/weather conditions)

 Briefing:         9:30 a.m.

Start Time:     10:00 a.m., Saturday 10th December, 2022

Finish Time:     10:00 a.m., Sunday 11th December, 2022

With the recent cancellation of both the "big" marathon events - the Massive Murray Paddle and the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic - we are gearing up for an influx of race-starved ultra-marathon paddlers!

As with other parts of Australia, the rain has been falling in the ACT too. But we have the advantage of being a bit uphill from most of the flooding, so we are hoping for a contained river, though it might be flowing - quite unusual for our bit of the Molonglo River.

The BGCC 24-Hour Paddle Challenge, run over 24 hours, is open to paddlers 15 years or older, in all craft and can be paddled Solo or as a relay in Teams of varying sizes. Juniors who are not yet 15 years old at the start of the event may enter, but are NOT permitted to commence a lap of the course between 7:30 p.m & 6:30 a.m.

You can take a serious approach and compete for the Honour & the Glory in either the Solo or Serious Relay categories, or you can get a few mates together to have fun and see how far you can go in 24 hours (or 16 hours) as a Fun Relay team.

Solo categories cater for Singles (1 paddler maximum) and Doubles (2 paddlers maximum) craft only.

Relay Teams (Serious) competing for the maximum distance glory can have from 2 to a maximum of 4 paddlers (or 4 and 8 for double boats).

Relay Teams (Fun) paddling to see how far they can go, for fun, can have from 2 to a maximum of 8 paddlers (or 4 and 16 for double boats).

You must nominate a "Team Name" in your entry, whether you are a Team of 1, or a Team of 16.

It is important that in ALL Teams that ALL paddlers enter EXACTLY the same Team Name.

Early Bird entries are available until midnight Monday 5/12/22.

All entries close at midnight Wednesday 7/12/22.

Paddler check-in from 8:00 a.m. Race start at 10:00 a.m.

The Course is a 4.7 km lap/circuit on the (hopefully) still-water of the Molonglo River – you will not be going out onto Lake Burley Griffin.

Camping: is not permitted - but "Shelter Tents" are. (nothing too elaborate please!) Warning, do not set up your camp directly under the trees - they are prone to dropping their branches!

We are not permitted to drive onto the grassed areas - please stay in contained parking grounds.

This event will be run in accordance with current COVID Safety Guidelines.

The Club has an ACT Gov't QR Code which ALL attendees are required to use to register their attendance.

Paddler Safety: There will be a safety boat stationed at the start/finish area, but paddler safety is to be by paddlers caring for anyone in need of assistance on or in the water. Paddlers are all to have at all times out on the water: a pea-less whistle, readily available to relay a message along the river that the safety boat is needed – either upstream or downstream of the start. Any time spent in assisting another paddler in difficulties will be allowed for in the distance paddled.

From Sunset: lap starting at or after 7:30 p.m.: all paddlers must wear a lifejacket, with a torch and space blanket attached, along with their readily available whistle. All paddlers must have lights on stem and stern of their craft. Cyalumes will be provided for paddlers use.

Amenities: BGCC Club Shed has toilets and warm showers; there are public toilets; a club barbecue will be available for you to cook on and if enough interest is shown, a thick soup can be provided. The club kitchen has a fridge and kettle and pod-coffee drink-maker.

Ahh - the tranquility.