The Iron Eagle Paddle & Run was adopted as the Eagle Creek Park Foundation’s primary fundraiser to showcase the natural beauty of the park and all it has to offer, especially for athletes. This one-of-a-kind race takes you on an adventure through one of the nation’s largest city parks by alternating between trail runs and a kayak or canoe leg on the reservoir. Beautiful scenery is guaranteed, along with some fun and competition, of course! All ages are welcome.

Post-race party sponsored by



Trail run 2.5-mile
Paddle 1.5-mile
Trail run 3.5-mile


Solo male/female
2-person team male/female/co-ed
2-person relay male/female/co-ed

The race is set up similar to a triathlon, with a transition area to stage your gear for each leg. View map

“This was the most fun race
I’ve done all year! Loved it!”

— 2014 participant


We will need volunteers for: water aid stations, road crossings, medal distribution, registration, t-shirt distribution, boat management, and the after party. Please contact for volunteer information.


Fun Races


News release
PDF Flyer
Past photos

2016 Race Photos


before April 1


before July 1


before July 23


Day of


(Race day registrants must bring personal boat with life jackets and paddles!)

All participants receive a medal, performance t-shirt, and access to a post-race party hosted at the Earth Discovery Center. Register by June 20 to guarantee a shirt in your size!


Racers are welcome to bring personal kayaks or canoes with appropriate life jacket/s and paddles. Don’t own a boat? No problem! Boat rentals are available in advance through Eagle Creek Outfitters on a first-come, first-served basis through July 21, and $5 from every boat rental benefits the Foundation. Rentals come equipped with paddles and life jackets. Note: the boat rental fee is not included in the race entry fee.

Single dugout & sit-on-top kayaks


Double kayaks & canoes



Get $15 off race entry when you become a member of the Foundation here (which is tax-deductible!). Valid for new members only. Once a member, email Sam at to retrieve your race registration code.

Race Day

7am boat drop-off
8-8:45am check-in/registration & packet pick-up
9am race starts!

The event will take place rain or shine, but in the event of severe weather, we will delay the start until conditions improve.


The race format mimics a Figure 8, and will utilize the beach as a central hub, a spot where spectators can cheer on participants.


Winners will be honored in the following categories:
Solo (male & female)
Team (male, female & co-ed)