The Gregory Downs Saddles and Paddles is a family-friendly event in Queensland’s outback featuring the Gregory Downs Jockey Club and the North West Canoe Club. The club has been racing for over 100 years and many members compete in the canoe race. The event starts on the first Saturday of May with races, luncheons, fashions on the field, dinner, music, and fun for kids. The next day, the Gregory River Canoe Race continues the celebrations with lunch by the river.
The event has two distances, an 18-kilometre recreational race and the marathon 40-kilometre race. Both races are open to all types of plastic kayaks through to the serious racing K1 racers and anything in between. Both races can be made up of teams or individuals. Event competitors’ numbers range from 80 to 120.
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