Tour du Teche kayak racing series opens April 2, 2016

Tour du Teche kayak racing series opens April 2, 2016

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Tour du Teche kayak racing series begins on April 2, 2016 with the Top of the Teche.

Top of the Teche, a 7.7-mile race for paddlers on Bayou Teche from Leonville to Arnaudville, is Saturday, April 2. The competition is for trophies and certificates. Entry of $30 per paddler includes a T-shirt and lunch at Myran's Maison de Manger in Arnaudville. Proceeds from the race benefit the Arnaudville Chamber of Commerce and the Leonville Volunteer Fire Department.

Top of the Teche is run in two waves, with the Voyageur Race division (recreational paddlers) starting at 9 a.m., Pro Race division starting at 11 a.m.

Top of the Teche starts from the public boat ramp just below the La. Hwy. 31 bridge in Leonville. The finish is at Myran's just past the La. Hwy. 31 bridge in Arnaudville.

Shuttle rides will be available before the race.
The race is one of a dozen staged by Tour du Teche and the first one of the 2016 season.

Other TDT races are:
•Chitimacha – New Iberia to Charenton, 20 miles, May 14;
•Petit Tour du Teche  – Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux, 250 yards to 1 mile (For kids 5 to 17), Aug. 6;
•Tour de la Riviere Rouge – Shreveport to Port Barre, 275 miles, Oct. 1;
•410 de Louisiane – Shreveport to Berwick, 410 miles, Oct. 1;
•Tour du Teche 135 – Port Barre to Berwick, 135 miles, Oct. 7-9;
•Crawfish – Port Barre to Breaux Bridge, 30 miles, Oct. 7;
•Acadian – Port Barre to St. Martinville, 49 miles, Oct. 7;
•Hot Sauce – St. Martinville to New Iberia, 24 miles, Oct. 8;
•Sugar – St. Martinville to Franklin, 59 miles, Oct. 8;
•Black Bear – New Iberia to Franklin, 35 miles, Oct. 8;
•Oil & Gas – Franklin to Berwick, 27 miles, Oct. 9.

Schedules are subject to change.

For more information or to register online, go to

Information provided by Tour de Teche.

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