The Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau has been chosen to host the 2020 American Canoe Association (ACA) Sprint National Championships.

The canoe and kayak sprint event will take place in late July at East Fork State Park in Bethel, Ohio, just 30 minutes east of Cincinnati.

“We are excited to host the ACA Canoe and Kayak Sprint National Championships in Clermont County,” said Jeff Blom, President of the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The ACA chose Clermont based on our event management experience with rowing, great local organizing committee (LOC) and the amazing volunteer support we have in this community.”

Competition will take place on Harsha Lake, which will feature a nine-lane buoyed course covering an assortment of lengths including the 1,000, 500- and 200-meter distances. In addition, 3K and 5K marathon races will take place around the lake. More than 350 athletes are expected to compete from a variety of clubs across the United States. There will be races in the bantam, junior, senior and masters divisions, which also include para-canoe and  kayak racing.

Clermont County aims to be the competitive paddling capital of the United States after bringing in the two largest national events within one calendar year.

“The ACA is pleased to bring our 2020 USA Sprint Canoe and Kayak National Championships to East Fork State Park in Clermont County, Ohio,” said Jackie Nipper, ACA Event Manager. “Since the year 2020 is an Olympic year we anticipate a wide variety of competitive athletes from beginners to Olympic hopefuls.”