first-ever paddling race on the St. Sebastian River, "Up the River with a
Paddle,” will bring together recreational and competitive paddlers alike –
kayakers, canoers, stand up paddle boarders and all non-motorized water sports
enthusiasts of all skill levels and ages. Organizers expect to draw paddlers
from around the state who have heard about the scenic beauty of one of the most
diverse natural estuaries in the country – the South Prong of the river. This
will be the backdrop of the event, to be held Saturday, November l9 from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. at Dale Wimbrow Park, 11805 Roseland Road in Sebastian. Proceeds will
benefit By the River (BTR), the area’s independent residential community for
low income senior citizens, giving them the chance to live affordably in a
life-enhancing community. The race is sanctioned by the American Canoe
Association (ACA) and being sponsored and coordinated by Florida Outdoor Center
may check-in and register beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Dale Wimbrow Park, although
pre-registration is encouraged. Races begin at l0:00 a.m. with short and long
distances, such as Parent/Child, Kids Fun Race, Masters 50+ and Elite
categories. Start times and race course will be announced at check-in. It
is recommended that entrants be able to paddle approximately three miles for
the short distance race and five miles for the elite course.
Elite category, racers can challenge themselves to beat Mike Beck in the long
distance course and have the opportunity to win up to a $500 cash prize,
sponsored by Oculina Bank. Mr. Beck is a former member of the USA National
Kayaking Team, international paddler and world record holder in 24 hour
kayaking. If no one beats his time, monies will
go to provide paddling programs for local kids at FLOC.
The event is being sponsored by
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Treasure and Space Coast Radio, Oculina
Bank, Egoscue, LoPresti Aviation, Wellmed, Costa D’Este, Harvest Food &
Outreach, Breakaway Graphics and Friends of the St. Sebastian River.