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Otter Creek Challenge Race

An annual youth rowing race hosted by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum right in the heart of Vergennes, Vermont.

Race Details

The 2020 Otter Creek Challenge Race will take place on Saturday, October 30 at Vergennes Falls Park in Vergennes, Vermont. Teams are encouraged to get in the Halloween spirit and come in costume! We’ll be holding an unofficial costume contest for any participating Halloween teams and giving away a surprise prize to the winning team. Please make sure your costume is secure and safe enough to row in while wearing a face mask! If there are any urgent weather updates, we will post them on this page and email coaches and participants by Thursday, October 29.

In an effort to keep our rowers, coaches, families, and staff safe, we will be staggering this race with varying start times and small groups over the course of the day. Please see the schedule below.

Rowers should arrive at their assigned time and proceed directly to the dock where staff and school coaches will get the rowers into the boats and lined up for their race. Families are welcome to watch along the river or from the falls, wearing masks and keeping safely distanced from other groups. After your race, we ask that rowers return to their families and cars and leave by the end of your assigned time slot so that our staff can sanitize the boats and prepare for the next school group.

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Time SlotSchools
8:00 AM-9:20 AMMt. Abraham High School
Mt. Abraham Middle School
Rice Memorial High School
9:30 AM-10:50 AMVergennes Union Middle School
Vergennes Union High School
11:00 AM-12:20 PMBurlington High School
12:30 PM-1:50 PMSouth Burlington High School
2:00 PM-3:20 PMChamplain Valley Union High School


Registration is open for our rowing teams from Burlington, Champlain Valley Union High, Mt. Abraham, Rice, South Burlington, and Vergennes! Students and families, please click the button below to register for the Otter Creek Challenge Race.