The 10th Barron River Challenge  will be held on the 30th/31st  of May 2020.

The challenge is a 50km/30/20/12km paddle down the Barron River from Mareeba to Kuranda. In 2020 our race is scheduled 4 weeks after the Gregory River Marathon. (2 weeks after our local Great Wheel Barrow race and one week before the Cairns Ironman race)

Online registration will close on Thursday 14th May. You must have made the online registration deadline to be eligible for random prizes.

There are accommodation options for paddlers staying overnight at Bilwon.


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BRC12 Junior and Open

Saturday 30th May 2020.

The Junior BRC12 has been an important race from our beginning  in 2011. Students from 14 to 18 years of age have been enjoying paddling the 12 km section of the Barron river between Mareeba and Biboohra for 8 years. A few slight changes to the format are planned for 2020. The 2019 BRC12 was cancelled due to high water levels. Experienced junior paddlers completed the BRC20.

The start is usually scheduled from 1:30 pm for competitors in the BRC12/BRC20 and for the first leg of the BRC50. Presentations for the BRC12 are held at Bilwon from 5pm

This section of the river is classified as Grade 1 Moving Water and  all junior competitors are required  to be competent at paddling at this level. Students from the local area are welcome to attend training (see training page). Those from further afield may benefit from training sessions run by professionals.

The BRC 12/20 OPEN is sponsored by Bendigo Bank.

BRC12 Junior and Open BRC20 Open Division

 Junior and Open BRC20 Open divisions

The BRC12/20 races start at the low bridge accessible off Herberton street/Anzac Avenue.

They serve a dual purpose:

  • to entice/encourage juniors and adults to try/improve their paddling skills
  • as a sprint race for accomplished paddlers who have not been able to secure a craft for the BRC50 or simply have not had the time to train for the marathon distance

All types of canoes and kayaks are encouraged to enter the BRC12/20. If water levels are above 1.85m then paddlers experienced only in grade 1 flowing water must show competency levels to the race committee members if they have not raced in the BRC previously.

Craft of all types take on BRC12

Just finishing the race means that you will be in the running for a number of random draws thanks to our generous sponsors.

Barron River Legend - Geoff Pearce

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