We did end up racing however...once. Most of the leaders were so exhausted after the first hour that we took the canoes back early and hiked for the remainder of the activity. They guy on the dock was less than excited about us slamming into each other with is rental boats, but he's probably back in school now and couldn't care less. If you want a good time, cheap thrills, and an activity that will guarantee your church never gets invited back to the lake, try it out. You only live once.