Q: How long has the Conservancy been holding the Lenape Survival Challenge?
A: The first Lenape Challenge took place April 23, 1993. That means 2019 marks our 27th year!

Q: Is this a serious race or just for fun?
A: It is whichever you choose – some participants are very serious about their qualifying time and others are participating just for fun.

Q: How old do you have to be to participate?
A: Participants must be at least 16 years of age and have a parent’s consent if they are a minor.

Q: How long does it take to complete the course?
A: The first teams finish in about an hour and the last teams come in at approximately 1 hour 45 mins.

Q: How are the teams divided into categories?
A: We add together the age of each team member. That number is either 32-75, 76-99 or 100+. The categories for the race are:

• Male 32-75: both participants are male
• Male 76-99: both participants are male
• Female 32-75: both participants are female
• Female 76-99: both participants are female
• Mixed 32-75: one participant is male, one female
• Mixed 76-99: one participant is male, one female
• 100+: participants are either male or female

Q: Do both participants compete in all aspects of the race or is it a relay style race?
A: Both participants compete in all aspects of the race. If one participant is a faster runner than the other, the first participant will have to wait for their partner before entering the canoes.

Q: How much does it cost to register?
A: If one teammate is a member of the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, the regular registration fee is $60 per person ($120 per 2-person team.) If neither is a member, the regular registration fee is $75 per person or $150 per 2-person team.

Q: What is the deadline for registration?
A: Registration must be received by Friday, April 19. However, this event does sell out so be sure to register as soon as possible so you don’t miss out!

Q: What time does the race begin?
A: The race begins at 9:00 am. Race day check in opens at 7:30 am.

Q: If I must cancel, do I get a refund?
A: Refunds (75% of fee paid) are given for cancellation prior to April 1, 2019. Any team canceling April 1 or after will not be refunded.

Q: I don’t have a partner, can I still participate?
A: If you don’t have a teammate, you may participate in the “solo challenge.” In this option you complete the run and then use a kayak to complete the paddle on your own.

If you would like to compete on a team, but don’t have a partner, You can place your name on a list with us if you'd like. Please send an email with the following information to rhanson@perkiomenwatershed.org           

  • your name

  • phone number and email address

  • are you a serious competitor or participating for fun?

  • do you want a teammate of the same sex or doesn’t it matter?

  • best way for your potential teammate to contact you

We'll definitely do our best to connect you with a partner but unfortunately can't guarantee we’ll be able to put you in touch with someone.                        

Q: I’ve never canoed before, can I still participate?
A: It is recommended that you have some canoe experience before participating, but it is not required. You may want to check out these two videos with paddling tips.

Q: Can I bring my own canoe or kayak?
A: No. All necessary equipment is provided – canoe/kayak, life vest, paddles, etc.

Q: Where does the race begin and end?
A: The race begins at the Conservancy’s Brownstone Barn, 1 Skippack Pike, Schwenksville and ends just across the street at the Red Fox Park. (Use 6 Haldeman Road for GPS.) 

Q: Can I get a map of the course?
A: The Google course map is here.

Q: Are there good places to watch the race?
A: Yes. You’ll see the Spectator locations indicated on the Google course map.

Q: Do the winners receive prizes?
A: Yes. We give a first place award to the overall male & female Grand Champions for the team and solo challenges. For the team challenge we also present awards to the top three finishers in each of seven categories. For the solo challenge, we present awards to the top finisher in each of seven categories.

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About the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s mission is to serve all who live, work and play within the Perkiomen Creek Watershed by conserving and protecting the land and water resources of its 362 square-miles through four counties:  Montgomery, Berks, Bucks and Lehigh. Founded in 1964 to combat pollution in the Perkiomen Creek and its tributaries, today the Conservancy helps ensure quality drinking water for hundreds of local communities including Philadelphia.

Passionate about the natural world and environmental stewardship, the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy’s strategic focus is to educate, inspire, and provide tools for action. Through regional leadership in award winning Environmental Education, Conservation, Stewardship and Community Outreach programs, the Conservancy proudly fulfills its mission and serves a vital role in the region.

A private 501 c3 nonprofit, the Conservancy is funded in part through grants, sponsorships, individual and business memberships and generous corporate support through the Protectors of the Perkiomen program.