To promote water safety, the sport of flat water paddling and engage the community in the recreational use of the Hespeler Mill Pond and Speed River. Don Stoneman, a marathon canoe paddler for over three decades, has held a race on the Speed River since 1993. For the last few years Don and his partner Kim Snell have been reaching out to local recreational paddlers with some success and welcome support from local families and businesses. Costs of the event are primarily covered by Don and Kim as an investment to a sport they love and a community they wish to give back to. The race is sanctioned through OMCKRA with insurance provided through Canoe Kayak Ontario. Organizers and participants must adhere to the OMCKRA safety policy. (www.omckra.ca).