The Clarence 100 is a three-day, three stage river paddles totalling a distance of 106km. Each year the C100 continues to grow and is fast becoming one of the must do marathon paddles in Australia attracting a broad range of abilities from the elite to the novice. The stages are divided into distances of 40/40/26 km. Each stage commences early morning and is completed before lunch each day. The event showcases 106km of the Clarence River and Valley and highlights the pristine bio diverse environments typical of Northern East NSW. Our event pays respect to the traditional land owners of the area including the people of the Bundjalung, Yaegl and Gumbaynggiir nations. Along the way paddlers pass through townships such as Copmanhurst, Grafton, Ulmarra, Brushgrove, Maclean and Yamba as well as many river islands that form part of the river system. The unique format allows participants to paddle hard each day then enjoy the local hospitality provided by the cafes, hotels and restaurants during the afternoons and evenings in between.
Paddlers can enter any individual stage as a social paddler, or for those competitive the ultimate endurance challenge, “Full Distance”. A popular option could also be the 2-person relay team where you paddle every day but do halve the distance. Flexibility that caters for the elite as well as the recreational paddler. All types of craft are welcome as long as it is designed for speed but be warned “Never Underestimate the Clarence”, this is a tough challenging paddle and the conditions can vary, you must be physically prepared and capable of maintaining a race speed for up to six hours each day. If paddling on your own it is advisable to organise your own Logistic support.
Each year part of your entry fee is directed toward supporting local junior aquatic sporting organisations. Through our actions and efforts, we set a great example and inspiration to local youth groups along the way.