Adk Watershed Alliance to host Paddle Sport Event Management Workshop

19 Feb Adk Watershed Alliance to host Paddle Sport Event Management Workshop

Paddle Sport Event Management Workshop
Hosted by the Adirondack Watershed Alliance

At the Paul Smith’s College VIC
8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
February 28, 2015 – Noon – 4 PM

The Adirondack Watershed Alliance (AWA) is working with New York State and regional tourism agencies to coordinate a canoe and kayak paddling promotion as part of a larger tourism promotion project funded through an award to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.  The AWA will assist in the development of several paddle oriented promotional tools involving social media, events, destination and trip planning, and a website to encourage more paddlers to discover the  diversity of paddling opportunities in the North Country Region (the area including the Thousand Islands, the Adirondacks,  St. Lawrence, Clinton, Hamilton and Oswego Counties).

The leaders of the discussion will be Brian & Grace McDonnell, coordinators of the Adirondack Watershed Race Series and the Adirondack Canoe Classic for the past 16 years, and Chuck Bolesh, director of the Canton Canoe Weekend for the past 25 years.  The conversation will be designed to provide specific information to new and seasoned event organizers; encourage new events; and provide the basic tool box for a successful race.


The Basics of event administration – scheduling, permits, promotion, volunteers, advertising, entry forms, registration, boat numbers, timing, insurance, finance.

Event Management – Course design, safety, order of start, timing of start, weather and cancellation policy, class specifications, communication, tents and facilities (bathrooms, port a johns, pavilion), Pit stops or First aid on course.

Amenities – Sponsors, T-shirts, food, prizes, plaques, activities, Pro vs Amateur event, recreational class, results, awards, involvement in race series, and spectator friendly information and visibility.

Advertising and Promotion – Social media, local media, NYMCRA, event calendars

For more information or to RSVP – please contact Brian McDonnell at or call 518 891- 2744.

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