By Ethan Colbert
Despite a two-hour rain delay, the inaugural Kayak Races at the City Lakes were deemed a success by organizers.
“For this being our first Kayak Race in Bowling Green and not knowing what to expect, I would say that yes we were very pleased at how the event turned out,” Dena Conners said following the event, which was held on Saturday and drew a crowd of nearly a dozen kayakers and a handful of spectators.
The 6.5-mile race included five laps around the Jack Floyd Memorial Lake and provided spectators a chance to cheer on their favorite racers. The event was sponsored by the City of Bowling Green’s Parks and Recreation Department.
According to Conners, the event was such a success that she and members of the city’s Park Board are considering hosting a second Kayak Race later this year and making the Kayak Race an annual event in June.
“We do see this as being an annual event, but we may have to look for a different date in June as there was so much going on this weekend,” Conners said. This weekend was the Citywide Yard Sales in Bowling Green and in Farber. It was also the New London Park Day Carnival.
When the event is held again, Conners said they will advertise the event in the local newspapers to try and get a larger crowd of spectators and more participants.
“The only thing we may do differently is to advertise in the paper to see if we can get more local attendants,” Conners said. “We tried Facebook, but we may have to do a little more than just using Facebook.”
After the event, Conners said she was able to hear some constructive criticism of the race from the participants who braved the stormy weather to compete in the event.
“After talking to the racers, they enjoyed the layout of our course and being able to see the spectators because some at some of the races they go out and are never seen again until the event is over,” Conners said. “They also felt like we would have had more participants show up and register the day of the event, if the rain would have stayed away.”