The Barron River Challenge – known as the BRC 50 – will have its 10th anniversary paddle in 2020 and has been going from strength to strength since its inception in 2011. This event, designed to fit onto the back of the Gregory River Canoe Marathon, is held on the last weekend in May or on the first weekend of June and has become an annual calendar event in the canoeing community. The challenge is scheduled for 30th/31st May in 2020.

The Four races (BRC12, BRC20, BRC30 and BRC50) have classes for men, women, children, kayak, Canadian and teams. On Saturday paddlers compete in the 12 km course (BRC12) from Mareeba to Biboohra, the 20km BRC20 from Mareeba to Bilwon or the first leg of the BRC50 which is the BRC20 course. On Sunday the premier event continues from Bilwon to Kuranda, a distance of 30km (BRC50).

BRC50 Course Map

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