2014 Amazing Bronx River Flotilla and the Starlight 5K Canoe Challenge

On Saturday, May 17 the Bronx River Alliance will host our 15th Annual Amazing Bronx River Flotilla and 2nd Annual Starlight 5K Canoe Challenge at Starlight Park.

Kick off the paddling season featuring canoe trips for every age and skill level, music, learn-to-ride bicycle clinics, walking tours, and more!

Canoe for a great cause! This year’s Flotilla starts off with our 2nd annual Starlight 5K Canoe Challenge. Help us make canoeing accessible to over 1,000 kids and their families this season. Twelve teams will participate in a friendly relay race competition, while fundraising for a great cause. Proceeds will help us make canoeing available to youth and their families, and help keep the river accessible and navigable for hundreds more paddlers to enjoy.

All can come cheer on the racers and enjoy an afternoon of FREE activities. After the canoe race, we will kick off an afternoon of festivities as we mark the beginning of paddling season at Starlight Park with music, food, and public paddling (see scheudle of activities below).

Schedule of Events:

8:30-12:30 Bronx River Salt Marsh Restoration Canoe Tour
Paddle with a scientist from NYC Parks’ Natural Resources Group down to the mouth of the Bronx River where a three acre salt marsh restoration project has been completed. Exclusive opportunity to explore a section of Soundview Park that is not yet open. Competent paddlers 14 years and over. Registration required.
11:00-12:30 Ramble: Walking Tour of the Historical Starlight Park– FREE
Part of our Bronx River Rambles. No registration required.
11:00-1:00 Children Learn to Ride with Bike NY – FREE
Your kids don’t know how to ride a bike? Bike NY will teach them, for free. Kids must bring their own bike and a guardian. Register here.
12:30-1:30 5k Canoe Challenge
Teams will be competing for the honor of being the Bronx River Canoe Challenge Champions, while raising vital funds for Alliance programs. Registration and fundraising required. Come cheer!
2:00-4:00 Afternoon Activities
Enjoy an afternoon in Starlight Park! We’re offering you:

  • Public paddling opportunities for all ages and abilities
  • A chance to borrow our adult bikes to get a good look at Starlight Park
  • Live performances from “Nashaz”, middle-eastern jazz, and “Bombayo”, Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance tradition
  • Zumba Classes from Curves every other 15 minutes
  • A PlayMobile & FitnessMobile stocked with basketballs, volleyballs, jump ropes, hula hoops, and other games
  • Tons of grass, sunshine, music, food, and good company

Location and directions: Starlight Park

  • To access the north entrance, take the #2/5 train to West Farms. Walk east to Devoe Avenue then south to the park.
  • For mid-entrance access, take #2/5 train to 174th St, walk east to the bridge, then take ramps down into the park.
  • For the south entrance, take the #6 train to Whitlock Avenue, cross Westchester Avenue & walk north along the Sheridan Access Rd

For general questions about the Flotilla, contact (718)430-4665

For more about how the 5K Canoe Challenge works, visit www.crowdrise.com/5Kcanoechallenge


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