Syracuse Nationals 2018

Sponsored by the USCA

Hosted by NYMCRA

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History

The USCA Nationals and Central New York

The United States Canoe Association (USCA) Nationals Canoe Race is a 4-day event where canoers and kayakers from across the US and Canada test their race skills against the best in their sport.

The 2018 edition of this premier race event is being hosted by the New York Marathon Canoe Racing Association (NYMCRA) and will be held Aug 9-12 in the greater Syracuse area. This will be the first time NY plays host to the USCA Nationals since they were held in Syracuse in 1995. The races will be held on the outlet of Onondaga Lake and the Seneca River, part of the historic Erie Canal.

Onondaga Lake was once one of the most polluted lakes in the United States. Last year marked the completion of the dredging portion of the restoration plan, which recently won the Western Dredging Association's 2017 Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Dredging. The lake is now the cleanest it has been in over 100 years and it continues to improve. The Erie Canal was an engineering marvel in its time. Cities like Schenectady, Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse thrived due to the cheap shipping the canal provided.

Modern day Syracuse is located on the former lands of the Onondaga Nation. Syracuse is known as “The Salt City” as the region was known for commercial salt production between the 1700-1900’s from the Halite beds just south of the modern day city and the salt springs that are found on the southeastern edge of Onondaga Lake. Until 1900 the bulk of the salt used in the US came from Syracuse and was largely distributed on the Erie Canal. The combination of the Erie Canal and the salt industry led to the increase of population in the local area.

In hosting the 2018 USCA Nationals, NYMCRA plans to showcase the amazing clean-up efforts of Onondaga Lake as well as the historic waterways of Upstate New York. We look forward to 4 great days of racing in Syracuse! See you there!

Sponsors


This event is possible due to the contributions of our sponsors and volunteers

Volunteers


It would not be possible to host a sucessful Nationals without the dedicated work of our volunteers. If you are interested in supporting our endevour to put on the best Nationals ever, please contact us right away.

Events


Thursday

Youth marathon, sprint races

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Friday

C2, K2 women, C1, K1 men

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Saturday

C2 mixed, K1 men and women

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Sunday

C2, K2 men, C1, K1 women

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Racers

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Course Map



Visit Syracuse


Cuisine

Syracuse has a rich history of Irish and Italian immigration and the most popular foods of the region reflect this. Salt potatoes were originated from Syracuse. Irish immigrant salt miners would bring potatoes and boil them in the salt brine for their lunch. Syracuse and Central New York also have some unique italian dishes such as Chicken Riggies (pasta-based dish usually consisting of chicken, rigatoni and hot or sweet peppers in a spicy cream and tomato sauce) and Utica Greens (dish made of hot peppers, sauteed greens, chicken stock or broth, escarole, cheese, pecorino, breadcrumbs and variations of meat and prosciutto).

Local Dining Favorites:
  • Blarney Stone Tavern
  • Coleman’s Irish Pub
  • Avicolli’s
  • Francesca's Cucina
  • Santangelo's Restaurant
  • Heid’s of Liverpool
  • Tully’s Good Times
  • Dinosaur BBQ
  • Limp Lizard
  • Mark’s Pizzeria
  • OIP
  • Twin Trees

Entertainment

Syracuse is home to numerous kinds of entertainment, shopping, and historical venues.

  • Armory Square (shopping, bars and restaurants)
  • Destiny Mall (shopping, bars and restaurants)
  • Tipperary Hill (Bars and restaurants)
  • Del Lago Casino
  • Turning Stone Casino
  • Syracuse Sky Chiefs at NBT Bank Stadium (AAA Baseball)
  • Finger Lakes Wine Trail
  • Empire Brewing Company (Local Brewery)
  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo
  • Get Air Syracuse Trampoline Park
  • Lakeview Amphitheater