The Barron River Challenge is a down-river race in tropical far north Queensland on the beautiful Barron River.
Paddlers compete in 20km or 30km sections between Mareeba and Kuranda with experienced racers paddling both stretches for the BRC50 – the ultimate 50km marathon challenge.
Day one sees entrants of all paddling abilities and crafts navigate grade one rapids and natural river course obstacles. A friendly race atmosphere attracts senior high school students, women, men and relay teams in a sport many continue to do well into their later years. After an easy morning of registration and craft scrutineering, the BRC20 starting gun fires in the early afternoon for a two to three hour paddle down swift moving water, gravel races, leafy canopies and sandy-bottomed pools.