Paddle Battle 2015!

3rd Annual Kennebunk River Race and Outdoor Family Fun Festival 
Paddle Battle Fathers Day

Sunday, August 2nd, 12:30-4:30pm

What could be better than a fun afternoon on the water with family and friends, plus BBQ, beer and live music? Come enjoy The Nonantum Resort’s 3rd Annual Paddle Battle. All levels can compete in the race up the Kennebunk River including kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, surfboards and any non-motorized vessels. Following the race at 1:30pm and kids/family race at 2:30pm, barbeque and beverages will be available for purchase on the resort’s back lawn, and everyone can enjoy live music by the Kennebunk River Band.

“Paddle Battle is a great way to enjoy being out on the water – whether you’re here to compete, or just have fun!” said Tina Hewett-Gordon, General Manager of The Nonantum Resort. “Kids can do arts & crafts in our Activities Tent. And everyone can relax and enjoy the live music on the lawn.”

“We’re thrilled that Paddle Battle is featured in Sports Illustrated Kids’ summer fun issue as one of the top things to do for families!” said Nicki Bean, Director of Marketing for the resort.

Paddle Battle
Image courtesy of Joe Carter Films

The event takes place from 12:30-4:30pm. The race starts at 1:30pm. It’s a 1.7 mile course from The Nonantum Resort, up the Kennebunk River, under the Mathew Lanigan Bridge, around the buoy and back.

Teams are welcome to compete (each member should register online as an individual). Or any companies interested in sponsoring the event and participating with a team and/or a booth may contact Southern Maine Health Care’s Sports Performance Center will be sending a team of 10 staff to compete in the race.

Paddle Battle is sponsored by Weirs Buick GMC. Kittery Trading Post has donated a stand-up paddle board package including a board, paddle and PFD that will be raffled off. Cabela’s of Scarborough has donated a $250 gift card. Other prizes and raffles to be announced. Funky Bow Brewery will be providing local craft beer. AJ’s Coconut Gelato will be providing samples.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kennebunkport Fire Department’s Aquatic Safety Division.

  • All skill levels are welcome!
  • Cost to Race: $30 for adults, $10-20 for kids. To register, and view photos of last year’s event, visit:
  • (Spectators are free to attend).
  • Food & beverages may be purchased a la carte following the race on the resort’s back lawn.

Please Note: All parking for exhibitors and attendees will be off-site at nearby Consolidated School, and The Nonantum Resort’s shuttle will be providing continuous service to/from between 12-5pm.

*Note: the event was originally scheduled for June 21st but was postponed to August 2nd due to weather.

The Nonantum is a family-owned, family-friendly waterfront resort. Located on the Kennebunk River, the resort’s on-site marina offers kayak rentals, SUP lessons, Rugosa Lobster Tours, sailing excursions on the Pineapple Ketch, and fishing charters on the Libreti Rose II. The resort also offers a seasonal family Activities Program (mid-June through Labor Day), and an outdoor heated pool. Guests can enjoy creative local cuisine in 95 Ocean restaurant, casual Heckman’s Pub, and relaxed Latitudes Poolside Bar & Grill. The resort is located right on the InTown Trolley route, and a short walk from Dock Square. The Nonantum Resort is “Where Traditions Begin.”

95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport. 207-967-4050

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