Marsh Mash Returns to BWG for 40th annual race

Marsh Mash, Ontario’s fourth-oldest Marathon Canoe Race, will take place in Bradford West Gwillimbury on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Participants can register online at or in person on event day at Westside Community Church (1466 Sideroad 5, Bradford). Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. followed by an athlete briefing at 9:15 and races starting at 10:00 a.m.

Now in its 40th year, Marsh Mash attracts canoeists, kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and outrigger paddlers from all over the province. The New Canal, which surrounds the Holland Marsh, provides one of the best canoe racing courses in Ontario. More than 15 races are scheduled of varying distances and classes to be suitable for paddlers ages 6 and up, ranging from those with minimal racing experience to very competitive paddlers.

The race continues to operate as a partnership between Iain Craig and his family with support from the Town of BWG Community Services department. The event is sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA) and is a World Team Qualifier for the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships, as well as host to the Provincial Championships for the Mixed C2 class.

For more information please visit or contact race organizer Iain Craig at

Photo Credit: Paul G. Novosad/Bradford West Gwillimbury

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