The Kingston to Ottawa 200 (K2O) race is an ultra endurance 200km marathon paddling race through a UNESCO World Heritage site. The race takes place on slow moving water and must be completed within 36 hours. All types of non-fixed paddle crafts are allowed in the race however, no crafts with sails or pedals are permitted. Examples of non-fixed paddle crafts are: canoes, kayaks, SUPs, voyageur canoes, surf skis, etc. Challenge the race as a soloist, in a team of 2 or more paddlers, or even as a relay to split up the distance. The K2O makes its mark as Ontario’s longest non-stop paddling marathon and the only race in the province to offer prize money. Expect an incredible journey, an incredible event, and an incredible challenge!
Taking on the challenge of photographing the race would be almost as challenging as participating. John MacDonald and myself had the privilege of a motor rather than paddles, and were blessed with great driver as well.
The eventual winners in boat #18 (C2Mix), Bonnie Pankiw and Cristoph Weber dominated the route in 23:07:34. How fitting was it the couple sailed to victory under the famous “love locks” of the Corktown Footbridge. The two would seal their victory with a kiss as 2015 Champions of the K2O.
The G&I Automotive Move-of-The-Race might have been the 200 meter backtrack by boat #13, Bryan Allemang. Finishing in a time of 34:46:27, the route reversal was to engage in a 50 foot cliff jump for several entertained on-lookers.
These are just a few of our favourite images from the day…