Timucuan Challenge Paddle Race
October 1 event to be held at Huguenot Park, Jacksonville, FL.
Posted Aug. 29, 2006
Jacksonville, FL - Performance Multisports presents the Timcuan Challenge Paddle Race to benefit the Climb for Cancer Foundation. This great kayak & canoe race will take competitors through a beautiful part of the Timucuan Preserve. Entry for this race is open to all comers! Any type of kayak or canoe is allowed! A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to benefit the foundation.
Want to Race? So do we!! This race will take place rain or shine, and begins at 9am on October 1, 2006. We can never plan ahead about the weather or the wave activity, so there are three course options -- The Marsh Course includes Ft George River and Simpson Creek to the north end of Little Talbot Island (about 17 miles and does not require paddling on the ocean). There is also a Short Marsh Course along Ft George River and Simpson Creek that is about 9 miles long. The Ft George River Course is about 4.5 miles. Analyze the potentials of each course for yourself. You get to choose the course you prefer to match your experience and sense of adventure. Competitors must register on their entry form for their preferred Course prior to the Start. To see the map of the race area, click here.
The Marsh Course provides an option of completing the race with about 17 miles total. After the start at Huguenot Park, competitors will proceed up the Fort George River and into Simpson Creek. They will be required to check in at the check point on the dock at Long Island Outfitters/Kayak Amelia as they go north to the checkpoint at the north end of Little Talbot near the north entry to Simpson Creek. They must also check in again on the southward paddle to return to the finish at the lagoon at Huguenot Park.
The Short Marsh Course -- Race from Huguenot Park to Long Island Outfitters/Kayak Amelia and back -- only 9 miles total. After the start, competitors will proceed up the Fort George River and into Simpson Creek. They will be required to check in at the check point on the dock at Long Island Outfitters, turn around there and return to the Start/Finish area at Huguenot Park lagoon.
The Ft George River Course -- Paddle from Huguenot Park to the Ft George River's intersection with Simpson Creek and back -- only about 4.5 miles total. After the start, competitors will proceed up the Fort George River and to Simpson Creek. They will be required to check in at the check point on the shore, turn around there and return to the Start/Finish area at Huguenot Park lagoon.
Competitors need to check in at Long Island Outfitters each time they pass that point during the race. Participants must paddle to each check point and return to the Finish to complete the race and be eligible for awards.
Racers are allowed to beach their kayaks for short rests at any point the participant feels is safe, though the race time clock will continue. This will also allow participation in this event by individuals of all levels of skill and physical ability.
Start/Finish and Long Island Outfitters locations will provide drinks and snack food for the participants. Land-based communications will be possible from those locations.
Participants are responsible for their ability to follow the race course of their choice. Participants are responsible for bringing along an adequate first aid kit for each kayak or canoe and are urged to carry a fully charged cell phone for emergency communications in a waterproof container.
Participants may end their racing in the event at the Long Island Outfitters' location at any time, though they will not be eligible for prizes if withdrawing there. If planning to withdraw there, participants should make prior arrangements for transportation.
Awards - There will be prizes three deep in three categories, for both males and females:
- the Touring/Sea Kayak Category,
- the Sit-on-Top Category of kayaks,
- Tandem Kayak Category
- the Canoe Category.
Make a Difference - There will also be a prize for the "boat" that brings in the highest amount of additional donations for our designated charities. Contributions for these non-profit charities are tax deductible. Separate donation checks may be made out to Climb for Cancer Foundation and should be turned in at the registration/Check-in desk at Huguenot Park prior to starting the race.
Not ready to race? No problem! To encourage participation from those who would like to get out on the water, yet don't care to race to the north end of Little Talbot Island, we offer non-competitive tours of the Fort George River/Simpson Creek route, starting at Huguenot Park. Those who would like a non-competitive tour should check off that option on the event entry application and contact us for details about availability, cost and reservations.
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