All teams should consider carefully which division they will enter and how many team members they will need in relation to their abilities. The race consists of three legs on the first and third days and two legs on the second day (except Beginners). Teams with only four members requires that two of the team's paddlers must complete two legs on the first and third days. While experienced and well conditioned teams normally have no problems completing this, less proficient teams may find this very tiring and may lose significant time on the water. For this reason, less experienced teams should consider having five or six paddlers when entering the Novice classes. Contact the Race Director or Event Chairman, if you should have any questions about the division you wish to enter.


BEGINNER ALUMINUM

Teams are for participants with little or no canoe racing experience. Beginner team members may not have raced previously in the White River Canoe Race and may only enter this class one year only. Beginning teams will race only the first, fourth and eighth legs of the race. This division may be suitable for younger team members or inexperienced teams with only four team members that had originally planned to race a Novice division. Four person Novice teams with no paddling experience should consider entering the Beginner classes with two two-person teams. Beginner teams are not eligible for the Overall Traveling Trophy in their respective class since they do not paddle the entire race.

Division # of Paddlers Age Range Gender Configuration
Boys Aluminum Beginners 2-3 14-21 All Males
Coed Aluminum Beginners 2-3 14-21 1 Female Required for All Legs
Girls Aluminum Beginners 2-3 14-21 All Females

NOVICE ALUMINUM

Teams may be teams participating for the first time in the White River Canoe Race or teams (or team members) which have not placed (3rd place or higher) in any division at the race in previous years. Novice teams are encouraged to do their best as they are eligible for the Aluminum Overall Traveling Trophy in their class (Girl's, Boy's, and Coed) which will be awarded to the team with the lowest accumulative time for the race.

Division Paddlers Age Range Configuration
Boys Aluminum Novice 4-6 14-21 All Males
Coed Aluminum Novice 4-6 14-21 1 Female Required for All Legs
Girls Aluminum Novice 4-6 14-21 All Females

ADVANCED ALUMINUM

Teams are typically teams that have a high level of proficiency in a canoe and perhaps have either raced in the White River Canoe Race before or competed in other canoeing events. Normally, the top tier of this division consists of teams that train extensively for this race.

Division Paddlers Age Range Configuration
Boys Aluminum Advanced 4-6 14-21 All Males
Coed Aluminum Advanced 4-6 14-21 1 Female Required for All Legs
Girls Aluminum Advanced 4-6 14-21 All Females

CRUISING DIVISIONS

Are normally the most competitive and proficient paddlers in the race. Normally, these paddlers have raced aluminum divisions in previous years and have moved up to Cruising canoes as their abilities improved. These paddlers train extensively and attend many races throughout the year. Canoe design must conform to USCA Standard Cruising Specifications such as Sawyer, Jensen, Diller, etc. Beaver Canoes may be used in this class. No "Pro" boats are allowed.

Division Paddlers Age Range Configuration
Open Cruisers 4-6 14-21 Mixed
Coed Cruisers 4-6 14-21 1 Female Required for All Legs
Girls Cruisers 4-6 14-21 All Females

OLD-TIMER DIVISIONS

Are normally the most competitive and proficient paddlers in the race. Normally, these paddlers have raced aluminum divisions in previous years and have moved up to Cruising canoes as their abilities improved. These paddlers train extensively and attend many races throughout the year.

Division Paddlers Age Range Configuration
Old Times's Aluminum 2-6 21+ Mixed
Old Times's Cruisers 2-6 21+ Mixed