First things first, MAY WE ALWAYS REMEMBER. This is most definitely a Patriot’s Day event – a morning of contemplation and commemoration. But also one of celebration… celebration of the indomitable American spirit and the knowledge that we live in the greatest country on this earth.
The Patriot’s Run & Paddle is a collaboration between RUN/SUP and the Rotorhead 30A Running Company. For the 2021 Patriot’s Run & Paddle there will be three distinct events offered on race morning.
PATRIOT’S CHALLENGE. The Patriot’s Challenge is a SUP-Run-SUP, consisting of a ~2.5K SUP race + a 9.11K trail run. The SUP portion commences at the WaterColor pedestrian bridge adjacent the BoatHouse Paddle Club, and proceeds across Western Lake to the 9.11K trailhead at Grayton Beach State Park. Paddlers will exit the water, stage their board and paddle, and then commence the 9.11K trail run. Upon completing the run, participants will grab their board and paddle and continue with the SUP portion of the event, ultimately finishing back at the WaterColor pedestrian bridge. Aside from the small detour to the 9.11K course trailhead, the SUP portion essentially follows the same course as the stand-alone 2.5K SUP race. This should be an awesome event! Please bring handheld waterbottles or hydration packs for this race.
5K TRAIL RUN. The 5K trail run is run entirely on the well-groomed (and mostly shaded!) trail system within the community of WaterColor. The course starts and finishes adjacent Cerulean Park (250 WaterColor Blvd). A truly beautiful course. The 5K trail run is a stand-alone event.
2.5K SUP RACE. The 2.5K SUP takes place exclusively on Western Lake. It commences at the dock adjacent the BoatHouse Paddle Club, and loosely follows the shore of WaterColor on the eastern portion of Western Lake to the 30A bridge. After paddlers cross under the bridge, they continue to the western portion of Western Lake. At the turnaround point, paddlers reverse course and complete the SUP race finishing under the WaterColor pedestrian bridge. Scenery truly doesn’t get much prettier than this! Like the 5K, the 2.5K SUP race is also a stand-alone event. Want to do both the 5K run AND the 2.5K SUP race? The start times for each should absolutely allow you to participate in both events, if you wish.
NOTE: For the Paddle Race, participants may bring their own recreational style board (12’ and under) or rent a board ($20 rental) from the BoatHouse Paddle Club for use during the race. To reserve a board, please email your contact information (name, phone number and number of boards) to email@example.com. To reiterate, if you do bring your own board, it MUST be "recreational style" 12' and under.
So once again, three event options…rest assured, whichever you go with, it’s all but guaranteed to be memorable!
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Schedule for race morning...
6:00-6:45: Race day registration and packet pick-up
7:00: Patriot's Challenge start
7:15: 5K Trail Run start
9:00: 2.5K SUP Race start
10:15: Awards ceremony + Post-race festivities (details to follow for the post-race festivities)
Men’s and women’s winners and runner ups for the Patriot’s Challenge, 5K Trail Run, and 2.5K SUP Race will receive awards. All registered participants who cross the finish line of their respective race will also receive a finisher's award. All registered participants will be receiving a very cool Patriot's Run & Paddle logo'd Pukka brand 4-way stretch moisture wicking performance running hat. Official Patriot's Run & Paddle shirts will also be available for sale.
10% of the gross proceeds from registration for the Patriot’s Run & Paddle will always go to the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. This is a fantastic organization that is doing incredible things for our local military families during times of need. For more information on the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, check out their website at https://fisherhouseemeraldcoast.org/