presented by Hackensack Riverkeeper and SUEZ
Make a splash on beautiful Oradell Reservoir! Presented in partnership with SUEZ, Reservoir Challenge is a day of races and paddling on the Oradell Reservoir, in Haworth, New Jersey. The event is a fundraiser for Hackensack Riverkeeper, a clean-water advocacy organization. All proceeds help support our mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River Watershed. Whether you’re bringing your own boat or borrowing one of ours, entering one of the races or registering for the leisurely open paddle, we look forward to seeing you at the Reservoir on June 3rd!
A Day at the Races!
The day begins with a 5 and 10k race. Awards will be given based on vessel type, with separate men’s and women’s classes for single kayaks!
It’s Your Business!
Is your company looking for a fun and unique team-building activity? Register your four-person team in this exciting kayak relay race today!
The Heat is On!
After the Corporate Cup, you won’t want to miss the always-entertaining Mayor's Cup Challenge. Watch as local elected officials go paddle-to-paddle for the coveted Mayor’s Cup. Will your mayor win? Come cheer (or jeer – we won’t tell)! Spectators are FREE!
Join us in the afternoon for an open paddle on the reservoir. In our boat or yours, come and enjoy the beauty of the Oradell Reservoir. Be sure to register early, as rentals are limited!
All this fun PLUS live music, food, and children’s activities are “on tap” at Reservoir Challenge. All shoreline activities are FREE. Friends and spectators are welcome.
Limited rentals available. If you have questions, need further information, or want to register for the Mayor's Cup or Corporate Cup Challenge, please call our office: 201-968-0808. Thanks, and see you at the Reservoir!
Reservoir Challenge is one of only a few opportunities the public has to paddle one of its most important and picturesque natural resources, the Oradell Reservoir. Thank you to SUEZ the Borough of Haworth for giving us the opportunity to enjoy this jewel of the Hackensack River Watershed.
*Hackensack Riverkeeper is a 501(c)3 non-profit , charitable organization
Visit our website: Hackensack Riverkeeper
For security reasons, no cameras will be allowed beyond the gates into the reservoir area.
All boats must be washed before entering the reservoir (we will have a wash station set-up for participants bringing their own boats).
Reservoir Challenge: 5k and 10k races will follow the same course (1 lap = 5k, 2 laps = 10k). Races will have a running start. Signals at five, three and one minute warnings. 10K will start at 9:00 am SHARP and 5K at 9:05am.
The first boat across the finish line in each race in each of the following categories will win a prize:
· SK1: Single Recreational Kayak (14’ and under) separate Men's and Women's classes
· SK2: Single Racing Kayak (over 14’) separate Men's and Women's classes
· TK: Tandem Kayak
· C: Canoe
· S: Specialty Boat
All paddlers must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD), in good and serviceable condition and of appropriate size for the intended user for the duration of the Races or Open Paddles.
Paddles, PFD’s and whistles will be provided to those who rent a boat. Anyone bringing their own boat must provide their own paddle, PFD and whistle.
Age restrictions: You must be 18 or older to rent a single kayak. Children 12 and older may participate in the Races or Open Paddle if they are accompanied and supervised by an adult while on the water. Children 5 and up may ride as a passenger in a canoe with two adult paddlers. Maximum 2 children per canoe.
Safety boats will be on the water to provide assistance.
Paddlers must stop to provide assistance to any other paddler who appears to be in distress.
Refunds: This event is a fundraiser, with all proceeds going directly to Hackensack Riverkeeper to help continue our mission to protect, preserve, and restore the Hackensack River Watershed. Your registration is a donation to the organization and is non-refundable. In the event you are unable to attend, we will issue a voucher that you may use at either of our paddling centers or at a future 2017 or 2018 special event. Call 201-968-0808 within 48 hours of the event to release your rental and arrange for your voucher.
Kayak Raffle: Add a kayak raffle ticket when registering! A $10.00 donation puts you in the drawing for an Old Town kayak valued at $500.00, courtesy of Ramsey Outdoor Stores. Drawing in December. Ticket will be mailed to the address provided.
Hackensack Riverkeeper is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
For more information about Hackensack Riverkeeper, please visit our website.
DIRECTIONS FOR RACERS AND OPEN PADDLE PARTICIPANTS
GPS: 440 Lake Shore Dr. Haworth, NJ 07641
From Route 17 or Kinderkamack Road and points west:
1. From Route 17 North or South, take the exit for RIDGEWOOD Avenue toward Oradell. Ridgewood Avenue becomes ORADELL AVENUE. Continue all the way to the end at GRANT AVENUE, and follow direction #4, OR
2. Take Kinderkamack Road (north or southbound) to ORADELL AVENUE.
3. Turn onto Oradell Ave. eastbound and proceed about two-thirds of a mile to its terminus at GRANT AVENUE.
4. Turn LEFT onto Grant Ave. and proceed about one-quarter mile and Grant Ave. bears right and becomes SUNSET AVENUE.
5. Continue 1 mile on Sunset, then turn left on HAWORTH DRIVE.
6. After about one-quarter mile, turn right onto HAWORTH AVENUE.
7. Proceed about one-quarter mile, and turn left on MAPLE STREET.
8. Continue on Maple St. for one-half mile, and turn left onto LAKE SHORE DRIVE.
9. Continue on Lake Shore Drive until you enter SUEZ property. Enter and take the dirt road to the end. Park on the side of the road opposite the water. If you are bringing your own boat, you will drive to the pickup/dropoff site and unload, and then return to the parking area.
From Washington Avenue / Schraalenburgh Road and points east:
1. From the south, take Washington Avenue north until it becomes Schraalenburgh Road in Haworth. Continue to the light at Durie Avenue, and turn left. Durie Ave. quickly becomes LAKE SHORE DRIVE, OR
From the north, take SCHRAALENBURGH ROAD south to the light at DURIE AVENUE, and turn right. Durie Ave. quickly becomes LAKE SHORE DRIVE.
2. Continue on Lake Shore Drive until you enter SUEZ property. Enter and take the dirt road to the end. Park on the side of the road opposite the water. If you are bringing your own boat, you will drive to the pickup/dropoff site and unload, and then return to the parking area.