Support Special Olympians and paddle with them in the tropical environs of Key West!  No doubt one of the most rewarding sup race experiences of the season, as your entry fee covers the fee for a Special Olympian racer. Oh, and if you’re lucky enough to be one of the first finishers, Mo the Sloth will sling your medal around your neck!

Date

October 16, 2016

Location

Key West, Florida

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE DIFFERENT RACES AND COURSES?

Race Day starts with a traditional Special Olympics Opening Ceremony that includes all participants. Everyone is Invited! Special Olympics racers are never charged for participation in their events. $25 Open Race registration will support a Special Olympics paddler to race for free. Races are designed for all ability levels. The Open Race is up to two miles with a beach obstacle course designed by Sue Cooper from Lazy Dog. There are divisions for men and women of all ages, without board divisions– everyone races what they bring! After completing the Open Race, we invite you to volunteer to support the Special Olympics racers. The Special Olympics Races will follow Special Olympics Florida rules and best practices with water marshals on the courses for support.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Racers are divided into four different levels of ability and then divisioned into heats based upon age and gender. Awards will be held immediately following all events. The Open Race is untimed– the first 10 men and first 10 women over the finish line will be awarded a medal by Mo the Sloth from the Monroe County Sheriffs Animal Farm. Special Olympics races will be timed, with athletes receiving traditional Special Olympics ribbons immediately after each heat. All racers, Open and Special Olympics; will receive a cool finisher medal! There will be a pre-party dinner on Sat. Oct. 15, 2016 at Higgs Beach. Racers can check in, visit and check out the conditions for race day. There will be dancing, raffles, Yoga, Zumba and other fun family oriented activities. Come party with us Special Olympics style!

Special Olympics

Does your race support a charity?

Special Olympics Florida Monroe County is the beneficiary of all funds raised. 

WHAT KIND OF PADDLING SETTINGS AND CONDITIONS WILL RACERS FACE?

All races will be held at Higgs Beach in Key West within the swim zone and areas visible to spectators. The Gulf of Mexico and Mother Nature will dictate the conditions!

Will there be any clinics or special activities?

Family fun events are planned for the weekend. A paddling safety clinic is in development. There will be a Zumba Class and some Yoga events also. All activities are designed to raise the funds needed to put on an awesome event for the Special Olympics paddlers. We would like to invite anyone who would like to help us fundraise by holding clinics or other fun activities to contact us.

What makes your event great? What will paddlers love about coming to your event?

FUN! and joy of paddling and the dancing! Check out this video: https://replayapp.com/v/ffe0Fko4TA/

WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET PADDLE GEAR LIKE PFDS AND HYDRATION PACKS?

Lazy Dog Paddle Shack at Hurricane Hole Marina is the place to go!

ARE THERE PADDLEBOARD RENTALS AVAILABLE AND IF YES, WHERE? CONTACT INFO?

Lazy Dog will be providing board rental for $10. All proceeds will be donated back to the event. Call 305-295-9898

WHERE CAN PEOPLE STAY? DO YOU HAVE A HOTEL YOU CAN RECOMMEND AND CONTACT INFO?

Best Western Key Ambassador 305-296-3500, The Gates Hotel 305- 320-0930– keep checking our website for info on partnering hotels

Where can people get groceries?

Publix– the Premier Sponsor for Special Olympics Florida. Two stores are on the island!

WHAT GREAT LOCAL RESTAURANTS CAN YOU RECOMMEND?

Salute on the Beach — our event restaurant! Located right on Higgs Beach

WHERE IS THE BEST COFFEE IN TOWN?

Sandy’s Cafe 1026 White St Key West Florida 

Special Olympics

GET MORE INFORMATION

Website: http://specialolympicsflorida.org/monroe/fundraise/sup-invitational/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SUPInvitational/

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/soflmonroe/