The original CalderRace, once the signature event of its own three-day festival, has transformed into the qualifier for what will immediately be one of the most challenging whitewater races in the world, the new Samana Marathon. Because of the extreme nature of the new event, this preliminary stage is necessary to insure the fitness of competitors. At 48 km of pristine Class IV whitewater, winding through untouched jungle and granite canyons, the marathon is an eye-catching competition that is sure to tempt elite international paddles and find its way into video reels the world over. And, indeed, the high level of difficulty of the final gorge’s three iconic rapids will provide a unique challenge to even the world’s best kayakers.
Paddlers can start to check in and do their registration by 10 AM, until 4 PM.
At 4 PM, we will launch the event and do a mandatory competition meeting.
All competitors will head to the Samana Bridge, leaving at 8 am, to paddle the Samana Canyon all the way to Narices. This scouting day is mandatory for all the paddlers who want to take part in the Marathon!
Return to El Encanto by 7 PM
This is the day to enjoy the Calderas river and scout your lines of the qualifiers. More expert paddlers can also choose to continue down the lower Calderas into the infamous “Gracias a Dios” section.
Calderace competitor meeting will happen at 6 PM, at el Encanto.
The event will leave at 9 AM el Encanto to the top of the Calderas river. First, all racers will paddle the warm up section together, and then Race head to head on the upper section. We will then do a mass start on the lower section, and a slalom at the bottom. The ranking will be based on the overall result of the 3 races.
At 4 PM, result and prizes at el Encanto
This unique and innovative race format will start at the Samana bridge. All qualified racers are asked to be ready at the Bridge by 10 AM.
The concept is simple, paddle as fast as possible to the bottom of the canyon. Because of the difficulty of the last gorge, only the top 10 to arrive by the Guatape Dam outlet will be allowed to paddle down, and finish the race on this epic 5km class 5 section.
The winner will be the first to reach the waterfalls of Narices.
On the beach of Narices, we will celebrate the river and announce results.
Food will be provided by the local community, and there will be music and DJs all night long!
A camping zone will be available, included in the marathon, but you can also seek a bed in the nearby village.
After a marathon and a party, you deserve some rest. The transports will depart at 10 Am from Narices and take 5 hours to get back to El Encanto. We will simply cruise the Colombian backcountry and relax for the day
Final meal at el Encanto.
The Samana Fest continues, but the kayak event ends. All paddlers are welcome to join the rafting stoke floats or paddle on their own in the area, but the kayak event doesn’t include the logistics, and individuals are responsible for organizing their own travels.
We recommend sticking around and taking part in the celebration! The main event will be held at the Samana bridge.
More information on the week-end Samana Fest event here
Fly to Medellin International Airport, the Samana watershed is just 1 hour east on the Medellin / Bogota Highway, near the town of Cocorna. Contact the organization for transportation details.
You can also fly into Bogota and take a bus or a private ride to the location. Expect a 7-9 hour journey.
The event’s main location will be the Finca El Encanto – The XXX packages include lodging and food there and Light package includes a camping area at this place. All shuttles will start from this place, and all the competitor meetings, as well as meals will be at this location too.
Hell yes, March is the rainy season and there are many many rivers to paddle in addition to the ones paddled during the event! You can contact us for a list of lodging options and resources on logistics
Boats are scarce in Colombia, so we encourage all paddlers to fly in with their own, and perhaps even consider selling it afterwards or donating it to a local kayak club. However, there are a few spare boats available for rent, for prices ranging from 15 to 30 USD/day. First come, first served
You need to be at el Encanto hotel by Sunday the 10th at4 Pm for the pre-race meeting
You need to use the same boat you will use on the Calderace qualifiers on the Samana Marathon. If you can qualify for the Marathon with a specific boat, you must race it in the Marathon. Boats must be in good shape, with grab handles and stepout pillars, as well as a bulkhead.
* 5 nights in Hacienda + one night in Camping in Narrises
* Bib + Care package
* All shuttles ( Monday Samana – Tuesday Calderas – Wednesday CaldeRace event – Thursday / Friday Samana Marathon
* Party in Narrisses at the end of the Marathon + Camping
Food and drinks will be provided by local restaurants and farmers at the different locations of the event. 3-7 USD/meals. You can also organize your own food.
* Camping 5 nights
* Bib + Care package
* All shuttles ( Monday Samana – Tuesday Calderas – Wednesday CaldeRace event – Thursday / Friday Samana Marathon)
* Party in Narrises at the end of the Marathon + Camping
Food and drinks will be provided by local restaurants and farmers at the different locations of the event. 15-35 K COP/meal.You can also organize your own food.
* Inscription for the Calderace only
* In case you are selected for the Samana Marathon and you want to take part, and additional fee of 150.000 COP will be charged for the race, shuttles and party.