2020 Race Update

Due to new health district mandates and the rise in COVID 19 cases in Kootenai County, our event team decided to cancel the inaugural event.

All athletes have been emailed with their respective options.  Our inaugural event will now take place on Saturday, Sept 11, 2021.

Registration will open on January 1, 2021.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us this year, including the event team, our volunteers, and our sponsors. We will be back in 2021. We hope you will join us.


About Our Event

Experience something new...

What is the Jen McKenna Paddle and Run? The event combines kayaking or SUP and running into one unique event. Starting at Sanders Beach, athletes will paddle around Tubbs Hill to City Beach. Athletes then run from City Beach, head west on the Centennial Trail and back to City Park to the finish.

This charity event is in honor of Jennifer McKenna who passed away June 2019 of cystic fibrosis-related complications. She was 41 years old. Her husband, Corey a seasoned triathlete, created this event in honor of his wife and the impact she had on the CdA community.

All of the proceeds collected will benefit All Heart Infusion of Spokane and Coeur d'Alene as well as the Children's Organ Transplant Association and go to families who have children with cystic fibrosis and are awaiting a lung transplant.



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Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors for their amazing and generous support for this inaugural event.

Kootenai Health

Diamond Sponsor - We appreciate the support from our diamond sponsor, Kootenai Health. They provide amazing health care in our community and we cannot thank them enough for sponsoring our event in its inaugural year.

SafeSplash Swim School

Platinum Sponsor - We appreciate the support from our platinum sponsor - SafeSplash Swim School and SwimLabs of Coeur d'Alene. They provide swim lessons for kids and adults and we cannot thank them enough for sponsoring our event in its inaugural year. 

Tran Creative

Thank you to Ben Tran and his team at Tran Creative for providing an amazing event logo and event poster. It truly captures the essence of the event and of Jen McKenna.

Atomic Threads

Thank you to Andrew, Cody and their crew at Atomic Threads for creating a great set of beanies and an awesome long-sleeved shirt for our event.

Cosmic Cowboy Grill

We are excited to partner with the Cosmic Cowboy Grill who are providing post-event food for athletes.

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