The Half Kilometer sprint was one of our favorite races for the Paddle League in 2020.  As we mentioned in the 200m post, many of us train and race in longer races, as a result, the idea of all-out for 200 or even 500m is mind-boggling.

To recap, here were the rules of the race:

The Heroes of the Half Kilometer – 500m is a 500m sprint that gives racers a bit more time to settle into a cadence and reach for a smooth, clean glide to drive you to the fastest time.  Similar to the 200m sprint in intensity, this race brings a little more mental game into the best time.  This race requires skill in sprinting, starts, technique, and strength, and a great connection with the water to find the one person that can pull it all together quickly and pound out the fastest time!

This was a one direction, current-less race where tracking time to the second was critical.

The overall fastest in this race is as follows.  A big congratulations go out to the following:

Men’s SUP 14

  1. Matt Anderson from New Zealand with a 2 minute and 26 second time
  2. Jake Portwood from the United States with a 2 minute and 28 second time
  3. Jeff Cameron from the United States with a 2 minute and 29 second time

Women’s SUP 14

  1. Tracy Cullinane from the United States with a 3 minute and 2 second time
  2. Verity Thomas from Jersey with a 3 minute and 3 second time
  3. Jennifer Hulett from the United States with a 3 minute and 6 second time

OC – 1 Men

  1. Robert Norman from the United States with a 2 minute and 26 second time
  2. Chris Corrigan from the United States with a 2 minute and 29 second time
  3. Steve Dullack from the United States with a 2 minute and 33 second time

OC – 1 Women

  1. Jennifer Peters from the United States with a 2 minute and 49 second time
  2. Jenay Thompson from the United States with a 3 minute time

Prone Men

  1. Michael Schutzler from the United States with a 3 minute and 18 second time

Prone Women

  1. Layla Crehan from the United States with a 4 minute and 58 second time

Surfski Men

  1. Richard Hallick from the United States with a 2 minute and 29 second time

A Special call out to a few paddlers in the Masters, 70 and up for SUP 14

  • Frank Dreiling – 70 from the United States with a scorching 2 minute and 54 second time
  • Sharon Purdy – 71 from Canada with a killer 5 minute and 1 second time

As in our last post, here is a breakdown of male/female over age and time.


The above graph shows the spread of times for this race.  The Paddle Monster team is very interested in supporting sprint racing as part of the local race scene.  Watch the race circuit, as well as 2021 VPL announcements for more on this subject.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this race and contributed to this super fun event.  Now that we all have a baseline for sprinting, we can continue to measure our progress and see how we improve throughout our training.

Congratulations to ALL VPL 500m race participants for a badass performance.  Detailed results can be found in the final results boards below.

SUP Results – All Categories

OC-1 Results – All Categories

Surfski Results

Prone Results