Chisholm Ski Club Paddle Sports (CSC Paddle Sports) is a new Club endeavor to promote year-round outdoors and healthy lifestyles within the River Valley area.
CSC’s vision is to encourage, promote, and host recreational summer activities maximizing on the abundant and scenic natural resources within the Upper Androscoggin River watershed. CSC Paddle Sports will evolve into multi-dimensional events over the next five years to include local, regional, and national-caliber paddle sports.
Downriver racing, bi-monthly citizens paddle sports river cruises, spring white water racing on the Swift River, white water rodeo, festivals on the Androscoggin Rumford Lower Falls (Knapp’s Pitch), and white-water beginner and intermediate instructional course are all under consideration.
To kick-off CSC Paddle Sports, CSC will be hosting the first-ever Androscoggin Sprint as part of the Androscoggin Adventure on August 28, 2021, in conjunction with EnvisionRumford. The Sprint will consist of traditional paddle sports racing classifications plus unique local classifications and fun competitions. See Event listings for details.
Androscoggin Adventure: Where the Water Is…
Saturday, August 28, 2021
A Sprint & A Float
Rumford Boat Launch, Route 2, Rumford, Maine (View on Google Maps)
9:30 – 12:30 Family Float & Frolicking, Start at Hastings Landing, Rumford Center (View on Google Maps). End at Rumford Boat Launch on Route 2 (by McDonald’s). River Poker Run and Treasure Hunt held during Float.
10:00 – 12:00 Multi-Class Canoe & Kayak Sprint. Races start at Rumford Boat Launch on Route 2 (by McDonald’s), go down river to Wheeler Island, back upriver round Mt. Zircon and back to the launch. VIEW COURSE MAP
12:00 – 12:30 Awards
1:00 – 3:00 Cornhole Tournament, Kids Zone Water Fun & Fundraiser Booth
12:30 – 2:30 Food
1:00 – 3:00 Music by Jim Gallant
Event happens rain or shine. If raining, off river festivities will be held in tents and the Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club building.
August 28, 2021
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The racecourse is a quick 4 miles of the Androscoggin River starting at the Rumford Boat Launch located on Route 2, Rumford. The course loops around Wheeler Island at the Rumford Falls dam, runs upriver to Mt. Zircon and finishes back at the launch. There is current the entire length of the course.
The focus of this event is to encourage and nurture recreational use of the Upper Androscoggin River.
The event includes typical Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (MACKRO) Recreational and Racing Classes including Stand Up Paddlers for men and women as well as kayak classes.
The event will be sanctioned by the United States Canoe Association (USCA), MACKRO, and the New England Canoe and Kayak Race Association (NECKRA). On-water safety will be provided by Mahoosuc Search and Rescue which has extensive swift water and river rescue training with assistance by local volunteers.
Awards and will be presented immediately after the race. Participants are encouraged to bring spectators, friends, and family to enjoy the music of Jim Gallant, food, a cornhole tournament, poker river run, treasure hunt, and more.
On-line registration will be available soon, through the Chisholm Ski Club website.
Rumford’s new boat launch—which includes 20-foot precast concrete planks, a concrete abutment with lay-down planks and ample parking—is designed to make launching and reloading boats work easily with river current.
Proceeds from the event benefit the CSC Youth Development Program, EnvisionRumford, Mahoosuc Mountain Search and Rescue and Rumford Polar Bears Snowmobile Club.
August 28, 2021
Start: Rumford, Maine Boat Launch (behind McDonald’s)
Finish: Rumford Maine Boat Launch
Total Distance: 4.0 miles of downriver and upriver current
Start Time: 10:00 am mass start by heat
Heat One: All Racing Classes
Heat Two: Traditional Recreation Class
Heat Three: River Valley Local Classes
Heat Four: Maine Summer Camp Classes
Heat Five: Inflatables
Entrance Fee: $20 per person
Awards, Food & Music: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Policies: USCA sanctioned liability waivers required and application of COVID guidelines as of race day
Registration: Online only; available July 1st via link at Chisholmskiclub.org
Volunteer Parking: at Sherwin Williams, Route 2, Rumford
Chisholm Ski Club is located at Black Mountain of Maine Ski Area in Rumford, Maine. The Club has a rich tradition which dates to the early days of the 20th century at its Spruce Street location and its mid-1900s days at Scottie's Mountain. Over the years the Club has hosted several world class Nordic skiing events, including the 1950 World Championships, 1976 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1991 National Biathlon Championships, 1993 US Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1992 USSA XC Jr. Olympics, 1993 U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, the first ever U.S./ North American Women’s Ski Jumping Championships in 1996, 1996 National Junior Olympics, 1996 Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championship, the 2003 Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, the 2004 Chevrolet US Cross Country Championships, the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, the 2010 USCSA National Championships, and the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Championships. chisholmskiclub.org
EnvisionRumford is a grassroots community group that began in 2013. In 2021, there is a new change of directors, a new membership drive, new advertising and fundraising campaign, and developing amazing plans to better our Rumford community, and many new and exciting events coming to summer and fall of 2021.
The New Envision Mission: To collectively bring the community and all businesses together while enhancing Rumford as a whole and bring new events and community fundraisers. Our goal is to encourage new memberships and communication to local businesses to become “supporters not competitors” between all town businesses. Also, to discuss cross promotions between businesses, sales ideas, advertising, new business development, parking, cleanup, and more. We want to expand the EnvisionRumford reach to other business districts in the area to make it inclusive for all businesses, not just downtown. www.EnvisionRumford.org