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The 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.

11/19/2011
When: 11/19/2011
Where: Sebastian, Florida 
United States
Contact: FLOC Racing

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The 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 (FLOC).  

Racers 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.   

In the 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. 




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