Dip your paddle into one of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast’s officially designated water trails and enjoy a uniquely adventurous perspective of the region’s abundant natural beauty and native wildlife. The Pascagoula River, also known as the “Singing River”, is significant as the largest free-flowing rivers in the United States and the last unimpeded major river system in the continental United States.
The Pascagoula Run is a 12.5 mile race down the Pascagoula River for all types of human powered paddle craft. The race will begin at Little River Marina in Moss Point and end at Lighthouse Park in Pascagoula.
Registration fee includes a goody bag, event t-shirt, participation in the race, and post-race food, drink and entertainment. Fees are $40 for American Canoe Association (ACA) Members and $45 for Non-ACA Members. Goody bag and event t-shirt guaranteed if registered by April 14th. Click here to register.
Kayak rentals are available for Paddlepalooza and Pascagoula Run. Reservations and payment must be made by 3 PM Friday, April 21st by calling 228-497-7673.”“Kayak rentals are available for Paddlepalooza and Pascagoula Run. Reservations and payment must be made by 3 PM Friday, April 21st by calling 228-497-7673.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, April 21st @ Lighthouse Park
5:00-9:00PM- On-site registration, packet pick-up, meet & greet w/ live entertainment, food & drink sold separately
7:30-9:00PM- Paddlepalooza Twilight Paddle on Krebs Lake (free & open to all, rentals available by calling 228-497-7673 by 3 PM Friday the 21st)
Saturday, April 22nd
6:00AM- Drop boats @ Little River Marina, packet pick-up
6:15AM- Shuttles start running from designated parking near Lighthouse Park
7:55AM- Course briefing @ Little River Marina
8:05AM- Boats hit the water
8:30AM- Race Starts
TBA- Awards @ Lighthouse Park
2:00PM- Kid’s Kayak Race @ Lighthouse Park
Little River Marina will provide breakfast burritos and sausage or bacon, egg and cheese biscuits for $3. They will begin serving at 6:00 AM.
For questions, contact the Pascagoula Recreation Center at 228-938-2356.
Hotels: Hilton Garden Inn – $109 rate, use City of Pascagoula when making reservation, 228-762-7182. Camping is also available at Sheperd State Park in Gautier.
Map of Route:
Rules and Procedures
The boat classes have been designed with fairness in mind. Though, there must be balance between the sheer variety of boats on the market and the logistics of race management. The racer is responsible for accurately describing the make, model, width and length of their boat when registering. This is the information the race director will use to place you in your class. Disputes about boat classification will be handled accordingly by the race director. Intentionally using false information for your craft will result in disqualification.
Children & Families
We wholly welcome families and children to join in the fun. Minors under the age of 12 must be accompanied in a tandem boat with an adult. Minors aged 12-17 may paddle solo. In both instances, a parent or guardian must sign a waiver for the minor to participate.
For Obvious Reasons…
Only human propelled craft are allowed to enter the event.
The race will proceed in rain or sun. Be prepared for inclement weather. However, we will not race in thunder storms. The event will either be delayed for the same day or canceled entirely. If the race is canceled, racers will still receive all swag entitled to them. Registration fees will not be refunded.
Various safety/spotting boats will be out around the race course if an emergency arises. An emergency contact # will be provided at check-in for use during the race. We strive to make the course as safe as possible, but accidents and emergencies can arise. Please be prepared for unforeseen circumstances by having the right equipment.
Alcohol & Controlled Substances
The use of alcohol/controlled substances before or during the race is prohibited and will result in disqualification.
Required and Suggested Equipment, the Pascagoula Run is an American Canoe Association (ACA) affiliated race. The ACA requires a Coast Guard approved PFD (must be worn throughout entire race) *violators will be subject to the decision of the race director* We highly suggest bug spray. The gnats have been known to haul off children and small kayaks.
Bib numbers are to be securely attached to the left side front of your boat and front of your PFD. Duct tape and safety pins will be provided. *Inadequate placement of your # may result in inaccurate, missing or delayed race time*
All arguments will be resolved by the race director, whose outcome is final.