Racers are ready for the 2012 Paddle Battle
The 2012 Paddle Battle is set for Friday at 11:30 a.m. on White River Canal. Teams
from 20 different state agencies will compete for the coveted oar and bragging
rights for another year. The team from the Indiana State Department of Health is
going for its third consecutive Paddle Battle victory this year.
The first of four heats starts at 11:30 with the championship race set for approximately 12:10 p.m.
Alcohol & Tobacco Commission
Dept. of Correction
Dept. of Child Services
Indiana Public Defender's Office
State Personnel Dept.
Dept. of Revenue
Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA)
Horse Racing Commission
Dept. of Administration
Dept. of Homeland Security
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Wheel Fun Rentals will provide the four-seater boats with pedals on the front two seats, so the back seat contestants are
along for the ride. All boats must have four riders.
Racing teams meet at the boat launch at Ohio/West Streets on the canal at 11:15 a.m.
Your team must have four individuals in the boat to race.
We don't have many rules other than no intentional contact between boats. No blocking or use of hands to push another boat.
20 teams will race a quarter-mile course in four heats of five boats in a single elimination battle.
The winners of the four preliminary races will advance to the championship race, held 10 minutes after the last heat.
The race will begin just west of the West Street bridge, in front of the artwork that sits in the canal.
Boats will race down the canal toward IGCN
and circle the fountain on the right. Once you navigate a 180-degree turn around the fountain, it's a dash for
the finish line.
Use of oars
Wheel Fun Rentals can't guarantee they will have five
oars on hand the day of the race. If you want to use oars, please bring your own oar.
Teams can choose to use one large oar or two small oars if they choose. Some teams had a lot of problems
using oars, but it looked like operator error in most cases. We just ask that there be no contact
with the other boats with your oar or your hands, especially at the start of the race.
Also don't lose oars in the canal.
If the race is postponed by rain/severe weather, we will notify you on the morning of the race and announce a makeup date.
Once we have a full field for the race we'll post practice times, race schedule and heat assignments on this page.
2011 Paddle Battle
The 7th Annual State Employee Paddle Battle was held August 26, 2011 on the White River
Canal. For the second straight year, the team "On A Boat" from the Indiana State Department of Health won
the championship race. ISDH stormed back in the final race to win in dramatic fashion. To relive the 2011
Paddle Battle, click the photo (at right) of the winning team below to view a photo gallery.
2011 - Indiana State Dept. of Health
2010 - Indiana State Dept. of Health
2009 - Office of the Indiana Attorney General
2008 - Indiana State Library
2007 - PERF
2006 - Indiana Office of Technology
2005 - Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security