GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The U.S. Canoe and Kayak National Championships are underway in Franklin County. The best in paddle sports are competing in Northfield all this weekend. The races takes place along the Connecticut River at the Northfield Mountain Recreation Center.
Friends and families can watch the competitors from a pavilion along the river bank. The competitors come from all age groups with many in their 50s and 60s.
Friday, there was even a 90 year old paddling out on the water. People come here to compete from all over North America and from overseas.
Tricia Heed, U.S. Canoe Association told 22News, “All of the best canoe and kayakers are here from around the country, 25 states four provinces of Canada. We have someone from Israel and someone from Australia.”
Heed told 22News these athletes can compete in most weather conditions, but not in Thunderstorms. The championships began with Youth Day on Thursday and continue through Sunday.
Heed said the main reason this location was chosen for the championships is because the Connecticut River is one of the few with enough water with the region’s drought.