The Epping Lions Club is hosting the Lamprey River Canoe Race for the second year in a row.  The annual race is being held on Saturday, April 30th this year, and starts at Mary Blair Park on Rt. 27 and ends at Rt. 87, just after the Amethyst House.

The morning race is approximately 7.3 miles. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the race begins promptly at 9:30 am. Categories for this race are:  Male Solo, Female Solo, and 2-person. We also have a new category this year: High schoolers. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each category. There will also be a prize for the most creative costume worn by any participant.

The afternoon race is approximately 3 miles and is non-competitive. Registration begins at noon and the race begins at 1:00 pm. The race ends behind Epping Town Hall. A certificate of completion will be handed out to all afternoon race participants.

There will be refreshments available (for a small fee) at the Park before the morning race and there will be a cook-out luncheon available (for a small fee) after the morning race.  We will have t-shirts for sale for $10 each. And as always, you will receive a free sticker upon registration, on race day.

Remember that all the money we raise stays in Epping to help any Epping resident in need of vision care or hearing assistance. We have been able to help more than a dozen residents in the small time that we have been established in town.  We also have advised residents from other communities in their search for vision care. Many of our members screened more than 450 students in the Epping community for vision issues.

The Epping Lions participate in three annual fund raisers: hosting the Lamprey River Canoe Race in April, selling popcorn, water and raffle tickets at the Highnote Festival in September and hosting the gas card raffle in December.


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