Locust Fork Invitational is the first race of the Alabama Cup Series.
The Alabama Cup Races have been in existence since 1992 and were developed to acknowledge the best racers of the three. The Mulberry Fork Canoe & Kayak Races started in 1981. In 1991 the Locust Fork Invitational began, and a year later the Locust Fork White Water Classic was added.
In 1994, the Mulberry Fork Canoe & Kayak races hosted the qualifying races for the U.S. Olympics. Some famous racers have been Eric Jackson, Rich Weiss, Davey Hearn and Phillip Foti.
The races are managed and promoted by the Alabama Cup Racing Association. Each race is managed by specific committees comprised of members of state paddling organizations, conservation groups, your average everyday paddlers, and others in the community willing to volunteer for these exciting events. ACRA and all other groups involved are non-profit organizations.
These races have been possible only through the very hard work of many people donating their time and from the donations of food, items/services and financial support of individuals and businesses. If you would like to participate, please contact us.
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What the races are all about The Alabama Cup Racing Series is made up by the Locust Fork Invitational, Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races and Locust Fork Whitewater Classic races. Courses consist of about 25 gates, set on a class Il/lll rapids approximately one hundred yards long. Race courses are spectator friendly with walking trails right beside the courses.
Dates Locust Fork Invitational – February 6th & 7th, 2016
Mulberry Fork Canoe & Kayak Race – March 5th & 6th, 2016
Locust Fork Classic – March 19th & 20th, 2016
Race Format Saturday – Championship Slalom, Downriver and Boater cross
Sunday – Cruising and Novice Slalom
Official race results
Rules You can find the USA Canoe & Kayak Slalom Racing Rules here.
Racing Conditions The races are dependent on rain fall. Too high or too low water might be cause for elimination of some classes or cancellation of the races.
SAFETY All racers must wear an approved PFD and helmet. All boats must have appropriate flotation. Safety boaters will be on the course at all times.
Race Bibs RACERS WHO DO NOT RETURN RACE BIBS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RACE THE NEXT EVENT
Event Info Entrance fee donations $3 per person, per day
Camping $5 per person, per night. Prices subject to change. If camping, please be considerate of others by keeping noise down at reasonable hours. Dogs should always be on leashes, and please pick up their waste.
Directions to the Races Locust Fork Invitational and Whitewater Classic will be located at Kings Bend in Cleveland, Alabama, just north of Cleveland off Hwy 231/79. Directions from Birmingham GOOGLE MAP
Mulberry Fork Canoe & Kayak Race is located near Garden City, Alabama, and located river right of the Mulberry River. River Information GOOGLE MAP
What goes on? The races are a time for local paddlers to come together and test their skills against one another, as well as themselves. But, they are more than that. They are also an opportunity to come together as a paddling community and celebrate our local rivers. We also feature a raffle, silent auction, food, live entertainment, awards banquet, environmental education, and more. All of this presented in a family friendly environment.