The South Dakota Kayak Challenge is the first marathon-endurance paddling race in the state.
Racers will face 75 miles on the Missouri National Recreational River, starting in history-rich Yankton, S.D., and ending in less than 30 hours in Sioux City, Iowa.
The SDKC portion of the Missouri National Recreational River varies greatly, from narrow channels between islands to areas where the river is more than a quarter-mile wide. Views from Google Earth or even Google Maps can give you an accurate view of the area.
How do I get started?
We recommend reading through our site. We have links to a number of other races of this type, and as a first year event, we invite potential SDKC racers to visit some of the web sites of races like the Texas Water Safari, the Kansas River "Gritty Fitty", the Missouri River 340, and the Colorado River 100 to see what a marathon-endurance race can be like.
The South Dakota Kayak Challenge is a marathon-endurance paddling race on the Missouri River. The race length is about 75 miles. Racers will have 30 hours to reach the finish line in Sioux City after they leave the start on Saturday at 7 a.m. in Yankton. Racers will have four checkpoints on the route.Experienced racers will probably finish the race in less than one-third the allowed time. But we want veterans and newcomers alike to take part and not feel that they will train, travel, and give up their Memorial Day weekend, only to miss a time cut-off and be "out” of the race.