Registration Now Open for 2018 Orange Bowl Paddle Championship presented by Windhaven Insurance
The eighth annual Orange Bowl Paddle Championship presented by Windhaven Insurance, will take place Saturday, April 14 2018, at the Miami Marine Stadium Flexpark located at 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway on Key Biscayne. Registration is now open for those wishing to participate in the event that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami.
This year’s event will feature a variety of races throughout the day for paddlers of all levels ranging from novice to expert, both fun and competitive. The Long Race is a challenging 8.13-mile course where elite-level paddle boarders round the historic Virginia Key. The Long Race will feature prize money of $1,000 for first place, $400 for second place, and $200 for third place for both men and women in divisions of 14’ board and 12’6” board categories. There must be at least five people registered within the division for both men and/or women in order for prize money to be awarded.
In addition, the event will feature a Short Race where paddle boarders will paddle around a 3-mile loop in protected waters inside Marine Stadium Basin on Virginia Key; a Novice Race that welcomes all first-time and novice paddlers for a fun 1-mile race on calm water with a paddle board clinic available pre-race to master your skills; as well as a Corporate Challenge for four-person corporate teams featuring an “inflate the board” challenge, and a relay race complete with a short paddle course and finishing on land. Each corporate team will also receive its own paddle board to use during the race and to take.
A $10 discount is being offered for early pre-registration by Wednesday, April 11 at (http://game.orangebowl.org/events/paddle/) with Promo code OBPADDLE2018. All registered racers will receive an event t-shirt, event medal, continental breakfast and lunch and adult beverage coupons for the food trucks on-site.
The start and finish line will be located at the Miami Marine Flexpark parking lot next to the Marine Stadium. All in attendance can view the entire Corporate, Short and Novice races while cheering on the Long Race for their launch and sprint to the finish line.
Miami Marine Flexpark offers free parking for racers and spectators. In addition, food trucks will be on-site to provide food for racers complimentary with their entry and for sale to the general public.
The Orange Bowl Paddle Championship, presented by Windhaven Insurance, is a charity–driven event with a focus on children and community. All funds raised by the event will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami to fund mentorship activities in the area. Windhaven Insurance is joined by the following associate sponsors: , Adventure Sports, Baptist Health, Eventstar, Greater Miami CVB, Pacifico, Panera Bread, TD Bank and Wizard Creations.
The Orange Bowl Paddle Championship presented by Windhaven Insurance welcomes paddle boarders of all levels from across the country. Adventurers of all ages are encouraged to participate, as this family fun event is open to anyone, regardless of whether they have paddled before.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the first race (Long Race) will start at 9 a.m. The day’s schedule is as follows:
• 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. – Registration
• 8:30 a.m. – Long & Short Race Briefing
• 9 a.m. – Long Race
• 9:10 a.m. – Outrigger Canoe Race
• 9:20 a.m. – Short Race
• 9:30 a.m. – All Ages Clinic / Paddle Yoga
• 10:30 a.m. – Novice Race
• 11:30 a.m. – Awards & Check Presentation for individual races
• 11:45 a.m. – Corporate Race Participants Briefing
• Noon – Corporate “Inflate the Board” Challenge
• 12:15 p.m. – Corporate Race
• 1:30 p.m. – Corporate Race Awards
To pre-register and save $10 on the Long and Short Races, visit http://game.orangebowl.org/events/paddle/. To register your business for the Corporate Challenge, call 305-341-4708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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