Grand River Kayak Race to take place for 5th straight year

Kayak races aren’t usually that enjoyable to watch — the Grand River Kayak Race is an exception.
Nich Wolak
Jun 25, 2014


The fifth annual edition will take place at Felix’s Marina, on Stearn’s Bayou five miles east of Grand Haven, at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

“From a spectator point of view, there’s a bridge that goes over Stearn’s Bayou,” said Billy Bellinger, who has participated in the race all four years. “We put two buoys out a half-mile apart. In most kayak races you can't see much. In this one you can see it all. ... They'll go out underneath you about six or seven times.”

The day will see three different races, an 8-mile, a 3-mile and a youth run.

Bellinger said the 3-mile is typically less intense than the 8-mile.

“For some of the people, it might be their first time,” Bellinger said. “They're not out to win, they're out to have fun. You might have four or five trying to win. The others will be under the bridge, ‘Hey mom, take my picture.’ ”

There are still spots available for Saturday’s race, which is sponsored by Lakeshore Kayak Rental and Earth’s Edge. Potential participants can sign up at, or show up to register at 7:30. The cost is $30 for the 8-mile race, $25 for the 3-mile and $10 for the youth race.

Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Barry - Think we could pull together a quick Beer Summit and pass the hat to drum up the $30. registration fee for Lani to enter and make a fool of herself? The young kids in the photo look like very tough competition - determination, the correct gear, and look at the angle of those paddles! I'd be cooked.

Barry Soetoro

I don't know thirty bucks will buy us a lot of Old Milwaukee...are you up for eight miles?


Of course, once, again you bring me back from the brink of yet another adventure gone bad with your good, practical common sense. Thank you for reigning in my silly ideas and for keeping priorities in place.


Row, row, row your boat...
Talk to Michael, I heard he knows how to row a boat to shore; Hallelujah!


Oh goodie! Looks like you got that delivery!


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