The New England Canoe and Kayak Racing Association is an organization run by volunteers, dedicated to advancing the sport of canoe and kayak racing for paddlers of all skill levels. NECKRA seeks to support established and successful community boating programs to facilitate awareness of and interest in marathon and downriver racing.

Important Announcements from NECKRA President


This will be no surprise, considering all the recent emails regarding race cancellations, that all of the NECKRA Point Series - Downriver, Flatwater and Adult/Youth - have been cancelled for this year.

Priscilla Reinertsen, NECKRA President
July 1, 2020


Hope you have been following the daily PaddlersConnection posts concerning the NECKRA downriver and flatwater race cancellations. Things have been turned on their heads since the COVID-19 epidemic. I have been contacting race directors concerning cancelling their races. It's a tough but necessary call. To date, the Scantic, the Quaboag, the Ware, the Hockanum. The River Rat Race has been postponed until a still to be determined date and the Westfield Wildwater Race has been changed to an invitation-only, closed event. All spring Maine downriver races are cancelled.

Wappingers and the Sturbridge All-American are tentatively still on, but subject to cancellation. The Run of the Charles is also still on, but organizers will assess the status of this race after a few weeks. We will keep you informed. No determination about the NECKRA Point Series has been made, but clearly there will be considerable adjustments. These adjustments will be determined by the NECKRA Board. All this is anxiety inducing and so disrupting. We will miss not seeing each other for the spring competitions and camaraderie. But we will proceed with safety/health as our first priority. No way of telling how prolonged this epidemic will be, but safe to say, we have not crested by any means. Be well, get out on the rivers to have fun and relieve stress. Hope to see you pretty soon!!

Priscilla Reinertsen, NECKRA President
March 17, 2020

More Information About Race Cancellations

NECKRA wants all our members to be happy and healthy and that currently means not being all together. It is important to note that NECKRA does not "run" any races so the race directors themselves make the call to cancel, postpone or run their race in these uncertain times. NECKRA will not be awarding points for any race that is cancelled or run at a limited capacity, or run in an area that is designated to restrict gathering size. When things start to stabilize we will make a decision about what to do with points & number of races etc. Stay healthy!

Back for 2020!
NECKRA is proud to announce that the NECKRA Adult/Youth Mini-Series is back for another year. More Info