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26Aug

The Clarence 100 (plus a bit!)

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It's that time of the year again - time to register for The Clarence 100 and start doing extra mileage on the water to train for the best 3 days paddling of the year!

The Clarence will be held over the weekend of 19-21 October, so we have 2 months to go. No doubt Buck and Vance will be making us work a bit harder and paddle a bit further, so we’re fit and up for the task! 

There are several Mooloolaba Paddlers who have completed The Clarence - some more than once. Although it's definitely a challenge, it's well worth the effort! The Clarence is a beautiful river and the race is exceptionally well organised by Ben Sullivan and his team. The weekend away is a lot of fun and it’s great to spend time with so many fellow paddlers.

For those who feel 100km is a bit too far, there are other options available. You can register for 1 or 2 days only or team up with others and do half the race each day. 

The logistics for the race are fairly simple.

Transport:

  • The trailer will be available to transport skis from Mooloolaba Paddlers (the cost for a trailer spot will be $15).
  • We leave on Thursday 18th Oct and head to Grafton. It’s about a 5-hour drive from the club. Try to get there for the pre-race brief which is held at 7pm at the Crown Hotel.
  • We usually have enough people who participate in the race as relay teams to drive cars and the trailer to the start and finish points each day.
  • It’s best to travel back from Yamba on Monday 22nd. That way you get to enjoy the presentation at the Yamba Surf Club. The organisers put on a fantastic spread for us!

Accommodation:

  • We spend the first 2 nights (18th and 19th Oct) in Grafton. The best spot to book is The Crown Hotel Motel.
  • The second 2 nights (20th and 21st Oct) will be spent in Yamba. Some of us book into a The Pacific Hotel in Yamba, others book Airbnb houses.

The Race:

  • The first stage starts on Friday morning in Copmanhurst and finishes almost on the doorstep of the Crown Hotel in Grafton.
  • The second stage starts in Grafton and finishes in MacLean.
  • The third day is from MacLean to Whiting Beach, Yamba.
  • On the first and second day there are halfway stops if you need to take a break. This is where the relay teams can safely swap paddlers.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information about preparing for the race.

If you want more info - head to the Clarence 100 website where you'll find more logistics info, FAQ's and a map of the race. Hope to see you there!

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