Float your Fanny down the Ganny calling for participants

In partnership, the Municipality of Port Hope and the Float your Fanny Down the Ganny Committee are hosting the annual river race down the Ganaraska River on Saturday, April 8, 2023, and a call for race participants is underway.

“This annual event brings participants and spectators from far and wide; it is something Port Hope is known for,” notes Olena Hankivsky, Mayor for the Municipality of Port Hope. “As always, participant and viewer safety is of the upmost importance. I commend our emergency services partners, along with staff and community volunteers who spend their time, talents, and energy preparing for and running the race. I look forward to seeing everyone in just a few short weeks for this fun filled day.”

The Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny Race is a signature celebration in the Municipality of Port Hope – one that honours the community coming together after the devastating flood of 1980. Participants are challenged in a rigorous 10-kilometre race down the mighty Ganaraska River. At the finish line, “Fannyville”, the outdoor event village, is set up to host various food, drink and merchant vendors, on-stage entertainment, children’s activities, and live commentary of the race results, culminating in an award presentation for the race finalists.

“This annual celebration is a rite of passage for many in our community,” notes Barry Adamson, Float Your Fanny Co-Chair. “Whether you are a seasoned participant or a first-time adventurer, sign-up to test your endurance, paddling skills, and craft design. If racing isn’t for you, be sure to come and watch. I love walking through Fannyville and seeing everyone out, meeting friends and neighbours and sharing a good time.”

Participant registration is now open on the Race website: floatyourfanny.ca. All participants are reminded to carefully review registration information to prepare accordingly for the smooth launch of your vessel and safe travels on the fast and chilly waters of the Ganaraska. For information on more Ganny Weekend fun for the whole family, visit porthope.ca/ganny-weekend.

The event plan was reviewed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, to ensure the Municipality remains in compliance with all policies and procedures to support the safety and sustainability of the fish and wildlife habitats in the river.

As usual, Municipality of Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services, in collaboration with multiple community emergency service partners are heavily involved in the safety planning and will be on-site during the event. Participants and spectators must follow protocols and remain mindful and respectful of each other along the riverbank. The health and safety of the community remains top priority for event organizers and the Municipality.

While the event is scheduled for April 8, river conditions will be monitored and considered leading up to the Race. If deemed necessary, the race date may be rescheduled for April 15, 2023.

Austin Brettell

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