• PO Box 20194, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002

Welcome to Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club!

  1. Paddling with Individual Abilities in Motion

    August 22 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
  2. Adaptive Paddle at Beltsville State Park

    August 23 @ 6:00 pm
  3. Adaptive Paddle at Lake Nockamixon

    August 27 @ 4:00 pm
  4. Paddle and Pot Luck at the Ledges!

    September 7 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  5. Set up For Larry March Slalom

    September 8 @ 8:30 am
  6. Larry March Slalom Race 2017

    September 9 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Larry March Slalom Race 2017

This year’s Larry March Slalom will take place on September 9 and 10. Saturday, September 8, will be course set up day and Sunday, September 10, will be race day.

Event Schedule:

Saturday, September 9:
8:00 AM -12 noon course setup and registration.
12 noon – 2pm slalom clinic
2 pm until 4 pm – course open for practice runs.
Sunday, September 10:
8:30 am- racers meeting
9 am – 4 pm competition racing
4 pm- 4:30 pm award ceremony
4:30 til 5:30 course tear down

REGISTRATION FORM
WAIVER FORM
Google Map Directions Note: You will be parking in the Allentown Police Academy Parking Lot. The 15th Street bridge is repaired and your GPS will route you to the parking lot.
Written Directions for those without GPS.

Hotel and Campgrounds: There are a number of hotels and campgrounds in and around the Lehigh Valley. You can Google campgrounds Allentown PA, or hotels Allentown PA and find what you are looking for. Here are some suggestions KOA Allentown, Days Inn Allentown.

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Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club and the Penn Cup

12004143_10207192581680347_2947149080617864714_n The Lehigh Valley Kayak & Canoe Club was formally organized in 1977. Now in 2017, we are holding the 41th Little Lehigh Penn Cup Slalom Race. The club offers something for everyone interested in paddling. On water and off, activities range from pool classes, informal instruction, flat water and white water trips and races, to film festivals, banquets, picnics, parties, river conservation projects, and even an occasional bike or ski trip.

The Penn Cup is a series of beginner/novice races held each year art different locations throughout the state. Each race is organized by a different paddling club. They are designed to provide user-friendly competition and expert advice for paddlers new to the sport, regardless of age.

There are many race classes within the Little Lehigh Slalom. These reflect the type of craft, the number of competitors per boat, and the ages and sexes of the participants. Many race for fun and the improvement of their paddling skills in ways that make running rivers more fun.

Some racers who have participated in our Penn Cup series moved on to nationally ranked status:

Kara Weld, 1977 National Champion (K1W)
Scott Strausbaugh, 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist (C2)
Rick Powell, 2008 National Champion (C2)
Casey Eichfeld, 2008 National Champion (C2)

Rick and Casey went on to compete with the US Olympic Team in Beijing, China in 2008.
Rick Powell update: Rick Powell competed with US Olympic Team in 2012 in London.

White Water Slalom Racing
Whitewater Slalom is a test of a paddler’s ability to combine power, speed, and precision in order to negotiate a series of 20 to 25 gates as quickly as possible. It requires pinpoint boat control, strength, stamina and concentration; it is the ultimate test of a whitewater paddler’s abilities.

Paddlers must also learn to read the water in order to use it to their best advantage. Those who can figure out how to use the river’s power to position their boat will conserve energy and usually get does the course faster. This is why you will see competitors taking different approaches to the gates, sometimes even running them backwards!

Equipment: Paddlers use either canoes or kayaks. Canoes may be either decked or open, while kayaks are generally decked boats. You might find it difficult to distinguish a decked C1 from a decked K1. K1 paddlers use a double bladed paddle and C1 paddlers use a single bladed paddle. K1 paddlers sit in their boats, while C1 paddlers kneel.

Classes: Each class has an abbreviation based on open or decked, canoe or kayak, number of paddlers, and gender of paddlers. For example, K1W is women’s single kayak and OC2M is mixed tandem open canoe. At Penn Cup races, these classes are further subdivided for Cadets (under 14), Juniors (14 to 18), and Masters (over 40).

Course: A slalom course consists of 20 to 25 gates hung over a river. The competitor must negotiate each gate in numerical order as fast as possible. Each gate consists of two striped poles suspended over the water. The poles are 3 feet apart and are either green and white (downstream gate) or red and white (upstream gate). Each gate also has a number board, which shows its place in the sequence.

Object: The task of paddlers is to run each gate in sequence, in the correct direction, and without touching them. Penalties are added to the elapsed time for any infraction. A complete slalom run without penalties is called a “clean run” and is the goal of each racer.

Single kayaks usually have the fastest times and tandem open canoes the slowest. Many races are won or lost in the upstream gates where a paddler’s control, balance, and power are all tested. Cheering paddlers is encouraged and you will often hear the chant, “up, up, up,” as racers
struggle to push their boats upstream to successfully run a difficult gate.

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08/13/2017 Some of the LVKCC "novice" kayakers were together again with Eric to run the Leigh from Glen Onoko to Weissport. We did lots of "boat over rescue practice" as well as some throw rope practice as we progressed down the river. Lunch below "crap trap rapid" was great, right up until Eric surprised us by being a "swimmer" and caught us completely off guard...lol. Note to self...always have your throw rope ready! A great day on the river with great friends. Thanks! Kelly, Barb, Pat, JC, Eric, Jozef and Bruce. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gery KirknerGreat video ! You're all looking outstanding ! Great job Eric!

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Eric SchweitzerNice Presentation Chad Rankin, You all did well working on your skills.

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Kayak KarmaCool video Chad Dad!

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Elizabeth MatthewsNice pics chad. Looks like Everyone learned a lot and had fun doing it. Sorry I missed it....

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Rob HutchinsonAre you trying to kill yourself?

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Stephen LapellaAfter watching your swim on the Cheat, you may wanna think twice.

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Rob HutchinsonClassic vid

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Rob HutchinsonIm no pro- barely intermediate, but I know my limits!

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Mike YoungRob you did the Yough last year

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Rob HutchinsonYes, invited by and guided by a group of very experienced boaters- after kayaking the Lehigh for 2 yrs., multiple beginners series trips, guided trips and a 2 day rescue corse.

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Mike YoungWell I had guides on the Cheat and will have one on the Yough as well. Did a 2 day course and many pool sessions.

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Mike YoungThank you for your concerns though. One of the main reasons I'm heading out there is to get my Burn. Some guy was able to free it from under the rock. Figured while I'm out there might as well do the Yough. I'll think about it

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Todd HustonAnd you are going in a boat that is tippy as hell that you haven't even been in yet

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Rob HutchinsonBetter do it in your burn if its in good shape. Lucky to get it back.

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Mike YoungPretty banged up, but fixable.

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Rob HutchinsonGood luck dude. Getting off of LVKCC fb page. Wanna talk more about it, stop by

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Jamie LynnNot trolling or anything but the river will always be there build your skills up and be confident practice rolling in wave trains or eddy lines... I finally ran the yough after avoiding it for over a yr cause I was on it when I had no business being on it there are more under cuts than just dimple to be worried about

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I did a lap on the Toh a few weeks ago and we kept an eye on this guy with a boogie board. I didn't get his name. If you know him, give him a heads up that there is a picture for him here.
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Michael LorentzJamy Levine, isn't this Eli?

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Gery KirknerHahahahahahaha !

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Andy WilliamsThat's funny

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Mike StewartRun Linda, run!

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Bob BrundaThat's a Surf Zone person if there ever was One !

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Eric SchweitzerLinda A. Martin it was only water.

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Sheldon LinnI'm melting ! I'm melting !

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Linda A. MartinCie Stroud. You're mean. Till I got home we did 652 miles on the car. Thanks for the weekend. It was awesome!

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