The states of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama will be represented by paddle boarders from Paddle Destin, Mississippi Gulf Coast Paddle and Paddle Lake Martin. Each race will consist of a 1 mile beginner race, 3 mile rec race and 6 mile elite race. Around here the race is also known as Paddle for a Purpose, because all proceeds benefit Lake Martin’s Children’s Harbor.
ANYONE can enter and there’s still time to register! It’s a super laid back event – my 11 year old is entering the 1 mile race, and my wife is daring me to enter the 3 mile. If you haven’t tried paddle boarding yet and you’re curious, bring your family and some chairs and enjoy the morning. Looks like it’s going to be a “clear and pleasant” 80 degree Saturday at Lake Martin.
To catch you up to speed, here are the race dates & locations:
* March 22nd ~ Destin, Florida (Legendary Yacht Club)
* April 26th ~ Bay St. Louis, Mississippi (Bay-Waveland Yacht Club)
* May 17th ~ Eclectic, Alabama (Children’s Harbor at Lake Martin)
1 Mile Beginner Race ($35.00) ~ Surf Style (Male/Female)
3 Mile Rec ($45.00) ~ Surf Style (Male/Female)
6 Mile Elite ($45.00) ~ Surf Style (Male/Female)
T-Shirt and Lunch will also be provided for all racers.
Here’s a sneak peak of the shirts for this year’s race and the trophies . . . And I’m taking Lake Martin Voice Realty’s swag bag goodies (c/o Lake Martin Crazy.com) to Sharon at Lake Martin Dock today. Lake Martin Dock Company puts together this event with Children’s Harbor, and they also sell BOTE Paddle boards. Saturday will be a great day to demo some paddleboards:
If you don’t have a paddle board, and would like to rent one for the weekend, try calling Anchor Bay Marina at 334-857-2654. Ask for Linda Sharman. They rent paddle boards on Lake Martin, but I am not sure if they are rented out or not. But it’s worth a shot! Let her know John Coley said to call!