Walnut2Walnut River Challenge

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Are you up for the Walnut2Walnut River Challenge? Paddle or row down the Schuylkill River and up the Delaware for a scenic trip around Philadelphia's peninsula. The excursion begins at Schuylkill Banks and ends at Independence Seaport Museum's boat basin. 

The challenge course offers spectacular views of the city, while traveling almost fifteen miles along both rivers. The Walnut2Walnut River Challenge is suitable for all skill levels so whether you are an experienced rower or looking for a new way to get in touch with Philadelphia’s waterways, this event is for you!

Please fill out the Walnut2Walnut waiver before the day of the challenge. Download the waiver here.

More details about this year's Walnut2Walnut Challenge can be viewed here.




Want to volunteer at the Walnut2Walnut Challenge? Contact Elisabeth Zafiris, Assistant Director of Public Programs at ezafiris@phillyseaport.org or 215-413-8621.

Walnut2Walnut Challenge FAQs

Where does the race start and end? 

Participants will unload boats at 25th and Manning Streets. The excursion begins at Schuylkill Banks, just a short walk away. The race ends at Independence Seaport Museum's boat basin.  

What kind of boats do you allow? 

Sculls, canoes and kayaks are welcome. Any boat participating should be suitable for the boat wakes and waves on the open water of the Delaware River. If you are unsure as to whether your vessel is right for this challenge, contact phillychallenge@phillyseaport.org

Do I have to be an expert to do this? 

Nope. The date and time have been chosen so that paddlers can ride the incoming tide up the Delaware, making the Challenge easier on paddlers. Participants should be able to paddle their boat for as long as the average course time - five (5) hours - but many take breaks for lunch and to enjoy the sites. 

What will I see? 

The Challenge offers spectacular views of the city's river banks, bridges, piers, retired naval and commercial ships, historic masted ships and high-rise buildings while paddling fifteen (15) miles - down the Schuylkill River and up the Delaware River - from the west end of Walnut St. to the east end. 

Is there any special equipment required? 

Safety first! All participants are required to have a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and whistle. 

Do you have boats available to rent? 

Kayaks are available for rent through Hidden River Outfitters. Please contact Kara Mifflin directly if interested in renting a kayak by emailing karamifflin@gmail.com