Portage Downtimes and Cut-Offs
These downtimes are at each portage and are required for each racer. Racers will not be allowed back on the water until the completion of each time period. A racer entering the water before being given permission by a race official at each portage will be disqualified. A boat must accompany the racers from takeout to put-in but does not have to be the same boat at those two access points.
Takeout and put-in at Weiss will be monitored but racers aren’t required to stop. Checkpoints at Coosa River Adventures in Wetumpka and in Mobile Bay will not have mandatory downtime.
The total time will be subtracted at the end of the race. Since we will have a 10 AM start on the first day, we will add the 4hrs 45 min to the 10th day as buffer time. This means racers will have until 2:45 PM on the 10th day to finish.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Great Alabama 650 is an epic paddle race along the longest river trail in any U.S. state, stretching across the state of Alabama from northeast to southwest. Covering everything from class V rapids to serene and beautiful river deltas, this adventure will push paddlers to new limits—and earn them the distinction of world-class athletes.
The race is 650 miles long and racers have up to 10 days to complete it. The current record is 4 days, 17 hours, and 4 minutes, set by Paul Cox & Joe Mann in 2021.
The race follows the original 650-mile Alabama Scenic River Trail route. It begins on Weiss Lake in northeast Alabama and finishes at Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay.
The start of the race is at Weiss Lake in northeast Alabama. Headed North on Cedar Bluff Rd the boat ramp and parking will be on the left side of the road. The race will begin at 10 AM on Saturday, September 30.
The race ends at Fort Morgan at the tip of Mobile Bay.
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Yes, there is a race entry fee of $500 USD. This fee is non-refundable unless the race is canceled.
Racers can sign up for Male Solo, Female Solo, or Two-Person Team divisions. Teams can be male/male, female/female, or male/female. Racers must have at least one crewperson to assist them throughout the race.
Yes! Winners of the Great Alabama 650 in each of the three divisions will receive $2,000 USD in prize money.
Yes. All racers will receive a waiver prior to the race at packet pickup that must be signed.