IPC’s Competition Committee every year sponsors several races. Points are given for each race a paddler enters. To qualify for a trophy, a paddler be an IPC member and enter half of the races in the particular class s/he enters. Points from the best half of the races, plus one, will be used to determine the class champion. First place is awarded 10 points, 2nd = 9, 3rd = 8, ect. down to 5th = 6 pts. Winners are announced at the annual Awards Dinner with the first place winner able to enjoy the travelling trophy for a year. Sixtytwo paddlers participated in the events below in 2017 – let’s try to double that number in 2018!
The Points Races for 2017
Current Buster on the Fox River – St Charles
Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon
Voyageur Landing on the Fox- Elgin
Pontiac Race on the Vermilion River – Pontiac
Joe Kowsky Race on the DuPage River – Channahon
Vic Hopp Rac on the Des Plaines – Dam # 1
Flatwater Classic on the Fox River -St Charles
The Pecatonica in Freeport was canceled because of high water
And the Winners are:
Adult/Youth – Ray & Dylan Grzenia, 2nd Ben & Luke Josefik
C2 – Standard Pat Faul/ Steve Conlon
C2 Men – Dave Buckley
C2 Master- Kevin Bradley/Don Mueggenborg, 2nd Ed Hahn
Sea kayak – Jim Pechous
Jim Pechous is PADDLER OF THE YEAR – having committed to and actually paddled 1200 miles this year.
He is shown with the travelling kayak trophy – it can be yours to enjoy for a year if you win enough K1 races in 2018.