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FCPA Weeki Wachee Race 2020
February 1, 2020 @ 12:00 am EST
Come join the Florida Competition Paddlers Association for our annual Weeki Wachee Race at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 1, 2020. This race has long and short course options and is open to all paddle craft. The race is free, but participants must pay the parking fee at Rogers Park.The race starts at Rogers Park, which is located next to the SR 597 bridge over the Weeki Wachee. Long course participants will paddle upstream to the spring head and back for a total distance of approximately 10 miles. Short course competitors will also paddle upstream and back for a total of approximately 6 miles. Details on the short course turn-around will be provided on race day. Located north of Tampa Bay, the Weeki Wachee is one of the most popular paddling destinations in Florida. The river is crystal clear with swift current and scenic surroundings. Portions of the river become very narrow with sharp turns, making it a technical paddle. You will almost certainly see manatees, and numerous recreational kayaks are the norm during nice weather. Rogers Park, which is operated by Hernando County, is located at 7244 Shoal Line Blvd, Spring Hill, FL. Park amenities include: boat ramp, canoe launch, swimming area, showers, seasonal lifeguards, observation deck, restrooms, picnic tables and shelter, playground, barbecue grills and a volleyball court. The park charges a small parking fee and can become extremely crowded during nice weather. More information can be found at: https://www.hernandocounty.us/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/34/103Location: Rogers Park: 7244 Shoal Line Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607Registration: All competitors must register on-site 8-8:45am. Online preregistration via PaddleGuru or Facebook is appreciated and will help us anticipate the number of participants. Race Start: 9:00 amAll Competitors MUST also check in with the timer at the completion of the race, to make sure that your finish has been recorded. POC: Jennie Dudziak – [email protected] FCPA was formed in 1976 to coordinate and promote the sport of canoe and kayak racing in Florida. The FCPA hosts approximately fourteen free recreational races across the state of Florida each year. To be eligible for the annual points championship, you must be an FCPA member which costs $10 annually. FCPA members receive a free meal at the awards banquet and a monthly email newsletter which contains a race schedule, race results, articles written by members and member classified ads.FCPA races are very high-stake affairs, with ribbons awarded to winners in each division. Annual points champions are awarded a coveted T-shirt during the annual meeting/awards banquet (following the Silver Springs Race) in December. Divisions are established using the USCA age/gender designations and the following boat classifications:Boat ClassificationsPaddle with your hands – PronePaddle while standing – Paddleboard (SUP)Paddle while sitting:With two-blade paddle – Kayak (K)With single-blade paddle – Canoe (C)Outrigger or Highkneel Canoe – Unlimited Canoe (OC)USCA Age ClassesJunior (J) – <18Open (O) – 18-39Master (M) – 40-49Senior (S) – 50-59Veteran 1 (V1) – 60-64Veteran 2 (V2) – 65-69Grand Veteran 1 (GV1) – 70-74Grand Veteran 2 (GV2) – 75-79Grandmaster Veteran (GM) – 80+NOTE – All participants are responsible for carrying safety equipment required by law.