Weekend Pick: Romp to the Swamp, Columbia, S.C., Oct. 18

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Attention, paddlers! Make Columbia, South Carolina, your destination this weekend, October 18, for the ultimate endurance test.

In its second year, the a75c69a44629e7330716897731a6a949Romp to the Swamp sends racers down the long and challenging 51 mile stretch of the Congaree Blue River Trail for a day full of adventure.

The river flows beside the Congaree National Park, which makes for some beautiful riverside scenery. Here’s the real kicker, though – 48 miles of the race course offer 905b3516cd9aef70ec51884c7b02434dabsolutely no public access from the bank.

From the Cayce public boat landing, very early on in the race, boaters are in it for the long haul. Talk about commitment! But we guarantee that crossing the finish line after all those grueling hours will be worth it. Cash, swag bags, and a whole ton of pride await winners and racers at the end of the course.

Both solo and tandem kayakers and canoers are eligible for the Romp the Swamp, as well as team kayakers. Rise to the occasion and tackle the Congaree!


Solo Kayak
Tandem Kayak
Solo Canoe
Tandem Canoe
Team Kayak (Must finish together)
Team Canoe

Racer Requirements:

At least one racer per team must be 18 years of age or older.
Each racer must carry a fully charged cell phone.
Each racer is required to have on personal flotation device. Children under 18 are required to wear it at all times.
Each team member must carry a whistle for emergency use.
Please bring adequate hydration and food for a 12-hour paddle.


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