5-Miler-logoThe Twin Oaks Club is an shallow water race that will be run in the Quincy Bay, in front of the Twin Oaks Club facility, it will be approximately a 1 mile course, which will be run in more or less a circular fashion around buoys placed in the bay. The course will be totally visible form the club. Races will be run by class, depending on class size, multiple classes maybe run at one time. Larger classes maybe run in a heat race style.

Start time: 10 am Sunday September 10, 2017.
Place: Twin Oaks Club, 2707 Bonasinga Dr., Quincy, IL. 62301.
Register: Online before race day or At the club on day of race.
Entry: $25. Awards for winners of each class.
ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL IS TO BE CONSUMED PRIOR TO, OR DURING THE RACE!
PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE, AND WEAR A PFD AT ALL TIMES DURING THE RACE!

Twin Oaks Club is no stranger to racing on the Quincy Bay. For nearly 3 decades they hosted power boat races. These races were held on the annual Booster Day, a fund raising event for the club. Over the years the bay silted in making it impossible to race power boats at the club.

In the winter of 2016, there was mention of having kayak races in the bay, and in front of the club. “It would be an ideal spot, it’s shallow and protected from the current of the main river. The bay, in front of the club, is large enough for a 1 mile course and spectators could see the whole race form the comfort of the club facilities.”

The Quincy area has sold a large number of kayaks in the past couple years. Quincy Farm & Home, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, and other area sources have seen large growth in the sales of kayaks, and kayaking equipment.

Twin Oaks Club, had never put on this type of race, and had no experience with kayak races. So, they approached us (Quincy 5 Miler), to partner with them. We have been on the river and running these type races for the past 5 years. With the race being held the Sunday before our races, we had to partner with Twin Oaks Club, and draw more interest for paddling sports on the Mississippi River at Quincy, Illinois.