Paddling Classes


We offer personal one on one paddling classes for Touring and racing. We have over 50 years of paddling experience. Call to set up an appointment. 

We have group classes throughout the year. Follow us on Facebook for periodic updates, or call us at 724-987-3597 for more information.

Ben Lawry Kayak Clinic: How to Perfect Your Forward Stroke

June 30th & July 1st

2 day class with Ben Lawry
Day 1 – intro to the forward stroke
Day 2 – advanced class forward stroke
You can sign up for one day or both. $75 one day and $150 both days.
Skill level from beginner to advanced. No one gets left behind.
Preferably Surfski’s. Touring kayaks also are welcome.

Here is a good link to what the class is about


Event Calendar



May 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Youghness Monster 25
  • Mighty Moraine Man Race
  • ​ Akron Portage ‘n Paddle
  • Paddlemonium

        May 4th, 2019 Youghness Monster 25 Kayak & Canoe Race

25 Mile Race- Connellsville to West Newton

100% of the proceeds go to the West Newton Fire Dept.

Call 724-987-3597 or email




2018 Laurel Hill Adventure Race

June 16, 2018


The Laurel Hill Adventure Race is a fund raiser that benefits The Friends of Laurel Hill State Park Complex. The Adventure Race is a form of a Triathlon but replacing the swim with a kayak race.

This race is in memory of Janice Boyko.  Janice was a strong and supportive member of the Friends of Laurel Hill.  She had always envisioned an adventure type race in the park and we are trying to make that vision a reality.

The Friends of Laurel Hill State Park Complex, (Laurel Hill-Kooser-Laurel Ridge State Parks), is a non-profit volunteer organization composed of members who share a love for the parks and are motivated to share their time and talent. Our mission is to contribute to the park by helping maintain trails and facilities, assisting with special projects by raising funds to improve the park’s recreation, environmental education, and interpretive programs.


June 16, 2018 @ 8:30am


Laurel Hill State Park
1454 Laurel Hill Park Road
Somerset, PA 15501-5629

(about 1 hour from Pittsburgh)


Day of race packet pickup 6:30am at the transition area near the lake beach.
Race starts at 8:30am.
Post-race party and awards following the last participant in.

The Sport Class race is for kayaks under 16ft and includes a 2 Mile Kayak, 8 Mile Mountain Bike, 5K Run.

The Unlimited Class race is open to any size kayak will be open to any size kayak and includes a 2 Mile Kayak, 12 Mile Mountain Bike, 5K Run.

The SUP Class race is for SUPs only and includes a 2 Mile Kayak, 8 Mile Mountain Bike, 5K Run.

All 3 races start at the same time.

Individuals – $45
after March 15th $50
after May 30th $60

Teams – $35 per person
after March 15th $40
after May 30th $50

Juniors 18 & Under – $30
after March 15th $35
after May 30th $40


Arrival Time: Arrive at Laurel Hill State Park no later than 7:30am. Check-in will begin at 6:15am.

When you arrive you will be directed to the kayak and bike unloading area to park. Proceed to the registration area for your packet pickup. Then proceed to kayak/bike transition areas.

Parking: Participants will be directed where to park by signs and staff. There is unlimited parking.

Kayak/Bike drop-off: Drop off your kayak & bike and gear in the proper areas. We will have someone there to watch your equipment once it enters the transition area.

Numbering: The body-numbering station will be on your way to the kayak beach. Leave yourself enough time to get numbered before the 8:15 meeting.

Mandatory Pre-race meeting will begin at 8:15 sharp at the kayak start.


No headphones, earphones, or any radio-type devices will be allowed.

Kayak Leg:

  • You must have your own Kayak, paddle, and PFD.
  • Kayaks will be placed into appropriate staging area before the race. After getting your number proceed to the kayak beach. The kayak start will be from the water. Each kayaker will enter the water, board their kayaks and wait for the starting signal. Kayakers MUST wear a personal flotation device. There will be a mass start.
  • Upon exiting the water, safely beach your kayak, stow your paddle inside and continue to the bike transition area.
  • Relay teams: your biker will wait for the paddler at the transition area. The paddler will run through the timing entrance, then hand off to the biker, where he/she will then begin the bike. Paddlers, immediately exit the transition area. Bikes can only be mounted outside of the marked transition area.
  • It is recommended that you wear Teva-type sandals or water shoes while kayaking. You may want to bring an extra towel (or water) to clean your feet before changing into your biking/ running shoes. The run to the bike transition, or relay exchange area, may not be comfortable on your bare feet.

Bike Transition Area:

  • No bike storage the night before the race.
  • Participants only allowed in the transition area.
  • Only the racers will be allowed to remove their bikes from the transition area.
  • Mount your bikes only OUTSIDE the transition area (it will be marked on the pavement).
  • Relay teams: Once the paddler passes the timing entrance, only the biker is allowed inside the transition area.

Bike Leg:

  • The bike course from the transition at the beach parking lot. Right on Park Rd, left on Buck Run Rd, left on Beltz Rd, left on Martz Trail right on Buck Run Rd, right on Park Rd back to transition.
  • Hard shell (ANSI or Snell approved) helmets must be worn.
  • Helmets must be fastened before leaving the transition area.
  • Stay to the right to allow faster cyclists to pass.
  • NO DRAFTING – USAT rules – 7 meters between bikes; 15 seconds to pass, if passed, you must drop out of the drafting box.
  • The road into the park and bike course route will not be closed to traffic for the event. Watch for on-coming traffic and obey all traffic flaggers and law enforcement officers.
  • We will have flaggers and plenty of directional signs on the course, but it is ultimately your responsibility to know the course.
  • Stay to the right to allow faster cyclists to pass on the left.
  • Relay teams: Runner must stay just outside the transition area exit. Biker must dismount, return bike to rack area then hand-off to their runner at the staging area just outside of transition.

Run Leg:

  • The course will be well marked with flagging and directional markers at each intersection.
  • Two aid stations will be located on the run course.
  • Runners must stay on the shoulder once on the main park road. Stay to the left and run against traffic. You will be sharing the road with bikers and cars!
  • Note: In case of rain, the run course may be changed. This will be a race day decision. The run course will be clearly marked if it is changed to an out-and-back run on the main park road. 

Post Race Refreshments:

  • Available near the finish line.


  • You must be present to receive your award. No awards will be mailed.
  • Award presentations will be at picnic area near the finish line. Once you complete your race, safely load your gear and join us for post race refreshments and awards.
  • Award presentations will begin immediately after the last competitor finishes the race. Estimated time for the awards ceremony is Noon.


Relay Teams may consist of 2 or 3 racers.

Chip Timing and Scoring will be provided by

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Male & Female Ages 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ Age Groups (3 deep). Overall Male and Female (3 deep), Overall Teams (3 deep).

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Participants will be allowed to cancel and receive a 50% refund of their registration fee if cancellation is received by May 30, 2017. No refunds will be allowed after this time for any reason. No transfers are allowed. The race will be rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, the start and time may be delayed to allow for inclement weather to pass.


Thank you to these 2017 Laurel Hill Adventure Race Sponsors


Contact us if you would like to be a sponsor at 724-987-3597.