Stand-up paddling enthusiasts can test their strokes during Key Largo’s inaugural Triple Crown, a three-round race series to be held in the waters around Key Largo and Islamorada Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, and Sunday, Sept. 30.
The series is sanctioned by the World Paddling Association, enabling amateur and professional competitors to accumulate points toward national standings.
Each race offers a short course for newbies and paddlers with kids or dogs on board, a course of up to 4.25 miles for open-class racers and a challenge for elite-class racers consisting of two laps around the open-class course.
Cash prizes for overall elite series winners are to be awarded in men’s and women’s divisions, as are medals and prizes for individual and open-class race winners.
In addition, a random winner is to be selected to receive a SUPCO signature paddle board valued at nearly $1,500. The winning name is to be drawn after the final race. Each race entry qualifies the entrant for a chance to win the board, giving competitors up to three opportunities.
Departure point for the Sept. 15 race is Mandalay Oceanfront Grill and Tiki, located at mile marker (MM) 98 oceanside at 80 East 2nd St.
The Sept. 16 race course begins at Rum Runners Island Bar at the Postcard Inn Beach Resort at Holiday Isle, MM 84 in Islamorada.
The Triple Crown event set for Sunday, Sept. 30, is to depart from Key Largo’s legendary Gilbert’s Resort, located at MM 108, accessible at the Gilbert’s Resort Drive off the Jewfish Creek Bridge.
Each race begins at 10 a.m. Racers can register online at http://www.active.com or in person starting at 7:30 a.m. the morning of each race. Cost to enter is $50 per person for each race.
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