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Hills 2 Forest 2nd Annual Middle Loup River Challenge & Leisure Float

September 12, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Registration for competitive or leisure floats includes:

T-Shirt (extra T-Shirts available for $15)
Participation Medal
Meal at the end of the race (Additional meals available for purchase)
7 Divisions to choose from:

2 Kayak Divisions, competitive (Women and Men)
2 Canoe Divisions, competitive (Women and Men)

2 SUP Divisions, competitive (Women and Men)

1 Leisure Division (combining men and women)

Winners of the 6 competitive divisions will be awarded free entry for the 2021 race.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure the email and phone number provided during registration and check-in is up to date. Any updates will be sent in advance to the email provided. Contact information is used solely for this event and not sold to 3rd parties.

NOTE: Registration cut off to guarantee a t-shirt is September 1, 2020.  You may register later but not necessarily receive your t-shirt on race day.


Check-in is on Friday, September 11, 2020, from 5:00-9:00 pm at Sandhills Corral in Thedford. There will be no meal provided during the Friday night check-in, but Sandhills Corral offers a variety of menu options. If you are unable to get to Thedford on Friday night, morning check-in is provided. 

Equipment can be kept at the starting point the night before.  Due to liability, we will not shuttle individual vehicles the morning of the race. 

PARKING: Vehicles may be parked at the beginning of the race (Space is limited), or at the end of the race, located at the Middle Loup River Guest Ranch.  See Map.


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Saturday September 12, 2020: Race Day at 6:45 am at the bridge located 7.5 miles west of Thedford, Nebraska or 7 miles east of Seneca. Ample signage will guide you to the registration point.

For Saturday morning check-in, please arrive by 6:30 am to pick up packet and check-in. Check-in will end a 7:00 am

A required safety meeting will begin at 7:15 am near the start of the race. 

The race will begin with the first heat at 7:30 am.

Race finishes at the Middle Loup River Guest Ranch, Thedford, Nebraska. Meal and awards upon completion of the race.


The Course consists of 33 Mile Competitive Race and is filled with many challenges along the way.
If you would like to make this race shorter, or would prefer to go down the river at a leisurely pace, there will be exit points at checkpoint 1 and Gaston Road (between checkpoint 1 and check-point 2). 

Specifics about the course:

Start-Check Point 1: 

This portion is 11.75 miles. This portion of the river has many twists and tight turns, which presents a challenge for vessels over 10’.  There are low bridges, some you may need to portage and others you can go under depending on the type of vessel you have.  There are fences along the way.  We are working with landowners to raise them or remove prior to the race.  We will update you with information about the fences closer to race day. Drink and snack provided at CP1.

Check Point 1-Check Point 2:

This portion is 12.50 miles. This is an easy part of the river with excellent scenery.  It is more wide open with more subtle turns.  There are no fences in this stretch. This stretch is suited for all types of vessels.  You must be to CP2 by 12:00 to keep going. Drink and snack provided CP2.

Check Point 2-Finsh:

This portion is 8.75 miles. This is the most challenging portion of the race.  Be prepared for some frustrations along the way.  The river gets wide and shallow in the middle portion of this leg.  All vessels are sure to struggle through this portion.  You will have to chase and navigate the channel.  Pick the wrong channel and it could be the difference between winning and coming in 10th.  Meal and awards will be provided as participants finish the race.


Women Canoe:  MJ Bosiljevac 7:19.00

Women Kayak:  Cassie Shiffermiller 6:14.37

Women SUP: No Record

Men Canoe:  Calvin Hassel 4:15.27

Men Kayak:  Mike Huggins 5:42.00

Men SUP:  Marek Uliasz 6:21.00


September 12, 2020
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway
(308) 546-0636


Thedford, Nebraska
Thedford, NE 12313 United States + Google Map


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