|Dick Reese Kipona Canoe Races
Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014 at the north end of City island, Harrisburg, PA
Held annually on the Monday of Labor Day Weekend, the Dick Reese Kipona Canoe Races are the only canoe races of their kind, a true measure of paddling skill with lots of fun thrown in as well! This is a true "citizen’s race" where everyone has a chance to participate, whether you are a regular paddler or not.
All canoe races are run in identical 16-foot touring canoes, using straight-shaft paddles.
Over eighty years ago, Kipona began as a canoe race along Harrisburg’s waterfront. The tradition continues in honor of Dale Zeiders, the last surviving boathouse owner from the early days of Kipona. The races were part of the Kipona celebration for many years and then experienced a long hiatus. In 1992 the Kipona Canoe Races were resurrected due the efforts of Mr. Richard Reese, eight-time Kipona High Point Trophy Winner.
In the fall of 2001 the City of Harrisburg and Mayor Stephen Reed honored Mr. Reese in a ceremony held at the City Government Center by officially naming the races "The Dick Reese Kipona Canoe Classic" for his contributions and commitment to the races.
Sponsors of the event include CCGH, The City of Harrisburg and Mr. Richard Reese.
Kipona Race Specifics
On-line Race registration
Print and mail-in your Race Registration
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