The 5th Annual HACK Race is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 25th 2021.
Enjoy beautiful fall foliage, a real submarine, great paddling, camaraderie, food – and your 2021 HACK Socks! Hosted by Wanda Canoe Club and sponsored locally by Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inserra Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Goodboy Paddlesports, Netta Radice Design, and iMeta Lease this is one of the last races of the ECORA sanctioned OC1/OC2 points series for the 2021 season. In addition to outrigger, other classes will include surfski, sea kayak, ICF sprint canoe/kayak, and marathon/war canoe. Please note: due to safety concerns, SUPs and OC4/6s will not be allowed in the race.
The race course is on the relatively protected water of the Hackensack River, beginning and ending in front of Wanda Canoe Club. There will be two races run concurrently. There will be a 9-mile Elite Race run in 2-3 heats with boats of similar speeds and a ~5KM Novice Race for rec boats. Each participant must have in their possession a PFD, Type I, II, III, or V approved by the US Coast Guard, and each boat must have at least one pealess whistle while on the water.
Results will be posted on this website, Facebook, and sent via email at the conclusion of the race.
Parking: Boats may be dropped off on site. Parking for the event will be available on-site and within a 5 minute walk of the site but will be limited so please try and carpool. There is also free public parking across the railroad tracks from the concrete elephants and next to the old railroad station, One Station Plaza. There is also free parking on side streets within a block or two of the elephants. Do not park at metered spaces closer to the downtown area, as that has a two-hour limit. We are going to pack everyone in fairly tight to get as many vehicles safely close to the venue as possible.
Registration: Due to safety reasons, registration will be capped at 60 boats for the Elite Race and 10 boats for the Novice Race. Last day of online registration is Wednesday, September 22nd. The Elite Race will cost $35, and Novice Race will cost $25. All race registrants will receive 2021 HACK socks. There may be race-day registration dependent on how close we are to boat cap, but please reach out to us if you plan to register on-site. The race will be run rain-or-shine, barring thunderstorms.
Race registration is non-refundable and benefits Hackensack Riverkeeper Inc.'s and the Wanda Canoe Club's paddling programs. If the race is cancelled more than 3 days prior to the event, a $10 code will be issued towards next year's race.
Socks for sale: We have extra socks from previous years available for purchase at the race. They are $12 each, cash only or $12 add-on item to your registration. We will also sell extra socks from this year's race following distribution of socks to racers post-race.
Minimum age is 13 years old, experienced paddlers only. Scout Leader or Coach must verify skill level of their paddlers prior to registration.
THE 5TH ANNUAL HACK RACE SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 2020 WAS REPLACED BY A VIRTUAL RACE DUE TO THE VIRUS. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION AND RESULTS. (https://paddleguru.com/races/VirtualHACKRace2020/results)
THE 4TH ANNUAL HACK RACE WAS HELD ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 19, 2019. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION AND RESULTS.
THE 3RD ANNUAL HACK RACE WAS HELD ON OCT. 13, 2018. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION AND RESULTS.