Big Ole SUP-athon

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The Big Ole SUP-athon is unique among Midwestern SUP events because of its extreme length and relaxed attitude. We stage the start of each course to advantage those traveling the fastest and the farthest. Competitive paddlers begin each course one minute before recreational paddlers for a less crowded and more relaxing start. SUPers, canoeists and kayakers of all skill levels will enjoy themselves while navigating the scenic waterways of Douglas County.

EVENT DETAILS
     The Big Ole SUP-athon is a two-day Stand Up Paddleboarding event designed to strengthen the connection between the people and the lakes of West-Central Minnesota while raising funds for local 501(c) charities. The Big Ole SUP-athon (BOS) offers courses of 2, 6, 10 and 26 miles to be enjoyed by paddlers of all skill levels. The event officially begins at 5PM on Thursday, July 7th at Bugaboo Bay with the Faction SUP Promo / BOS Check-In & Packet Pick-Up / Last-Minute Registration for Friday's events. At 7PM the Little Lena "Aquatic Parade" across Lake L'Homme Dieu begins at Rotary Beach. Feel free to paddle the 1.8 miles back to Bugaboo Bay on your favorite non-motorized watercraft, wearing a costume, with your spouse, friend or well-behaved dog. 

     On Friday, July 8th, our signature event, the 26 mi Big Ole SUP-athon, begins at 7AM at the East Lake Miltona Public Access and spans 13 lakes and ends at the Lake Victoria Public Access. All three courses of the BOS are fully-supported by BOS organizers and volunteers with food and water stationed every 2-5 miles along the course. The 10 mi Sven 10 begins at 10AM at the North Lake Louise culverts, spans 8 lakes and ends at Bugaboo Bay's beach in the West Bay of Lake L'Homme Dieu. The 6 mi Sven 6 begins at 11AM at the Lake Cowdry Public Access and also ends at Bugaboo Bay. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 Men's & Women's finishers for each course at 5:30PM at Bugaboo Bay, followed by a celebratory post-race dinner and libations.

SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY
     Safety must be the highest priority if the Big Ole SUP-athon is to be sustained as an annual event. BOS organizers are required to permit the event with the City of Alexandria and the Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office's Water Patrol Unit. BOS organizers and local governments and law enforcement agencies recognize that heavy weekend boat traffic on the Chain of Lakes makes it untenable to safely hold the BOS on a Saturday or Sunday. We really appreciate you taking a Friday off and spending it with us! Although BOS organizers and staff attempt to make the event as safe as possible with stringent rules, regular supervision and abundant water and food along the course, we still need BOS participants to make the best and safest decisions for them. Our BOS safety strategy begins with participants reading the rules, regulations, advice and safety tips and studying the course maps and registering for the course that suits their abilities. Our BOS safety strategy must extend beyond the water to include participants and spectators using seat belts, tightly securing their SUPs to their vehicles, parking in safe places and safely crossing busy roadways before, during and after the event.

BOS RULES (Failure to follow those denoted by asterisk (*) violates the terms of the BOS's event insurance policy)
1* ALL PARTICIPANTS must be 15 or older and sign the waiver. Minors age 15-17 must have their parent or legal guardian sign the waiver and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian registered to paddle the same course.
2* ALL PARTICIPANTS must possess a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in serviceable condition and suited for both their height and weight. 
3* ALL PARTICIPANTS of Friday's Sven 6, Sven 10 or Big Ole SUP-athon must employ a quick release safety leash on their ankle, calf or waist if they venture 500 m (1640 ft) or farther from shore. This rule applies to all paddlers directly crossing lakes Miltona, Ida, Darling, L'Homme Dieu and Geneva. 
4* ALL PARTICIPANTS of Friday's Sven 6, Sven 10 or Big Ole SUP-athon must wear their PFD if they venture 500 m (1640 ft) or farther from shore. This rule applies to all paddlers directly crossing lakes Miltona, Ida, Darling, L'Homme Dieu and Geneva.
5* ALL PARTICIPANTS must possess a sounding device to use in an emergency. A complimentary whistle will be provided to all participants and staff.      
6. ALL PARTICIPANTS of Friday's Sven 6, Sven 10 or Big Ole SUP-athon must meet or exceed an average pace of 1.5 mph, 2 mph and 2.6 mph, respectively, including all rest breaks, to be permitted to complete their course.
7. Participants' emergency contact cannot be another participant. An emergency contact should be aware of the event and the participant's pertinent medical information.
8. Participants must be punctual for their event. Participants will not be supported by BOS staff if they start their course after the recreational group departs. Tardy participants can start a later, shorter course, if possible.
9. Participants exiting their course prior to finishing must notify BOS staff.
10. Participants must display their race bib and identify themselves to BOS staff, if asked.
11. BOS staff can end a participants' race if staff feels it is unsafe for them to continue.
12. Participants are required to possess at least one large water bottle. Participants of the Big Ole SUP-athon are suggested to carry 2 bottles, a dry bag and a mobile phone.
13. Participants are required to pass through culverts with low ceilings while lying face down on their SUP or crouched in their paddlecraft. IF a participant falls from their watercraft while in a culvert, they must continue onward and swim to the end and then gather their belongings.
14. Participants must check-in with BOS staff at Rotary Beach on north L'Homme Dieu for a mandatory 2-minute rest & observation break before continuing onward.
15. Participants attempting the 26 mi Big Ole SUP-athon are not allowed to rent paddlecraft from BOS organizers.
16. Participants must be courteous and patient when navigating the narrow stream channels and short culverts between lakes. Recreational paddlers should yield to competitive paddlers, letting them pass on river left, only if it is safe and convenient to do so. Restrictive waterways make up approximately 12%, 5% and 4% of the BOS, Sven 10 and Sven 6 courses, respectively. The current will increase your speed so "relax and go with the flow!" 
17. Competitive paddlers will start each course before recreational paddlers.
18. Competitive paddlers can use only one paddlecraft for the entire course.
19. Competitive paddlers are not allowed to draft on open water.
20. Registration is capped at 50 SUPers for Friday's Sven 6, Sven 10 & Big Ole SUP-athon. Thurday's Little Lena is capped at 200 registered paddlers.

DOUGLAS CO & MN DNR REGULATIONS
1. SUPs over 10 ft in length must be registered with the MN DNR (p. 41), if kept in MN for more than 90 consecutive days, and display a valid registration decal. You can register your SUP in Alexandria
2. Zebra Mussels infest all waterbodies which comprise the BOS course. It is critical that all out-of-town participants decontaminate their watercraft once they have finished.
3. Lake Le Homme Dieu is infested with Eurasian Water Milfoil. Big Ole SUP-athoners must inspect and remove vegetation from their SUP before entering Lake Geneva.
4. Participants are on PUBLIC WATERS and must obey MN's boating laws and rules.
5. Consumption of alcohol and/or drugs by participants or volunteers during the event and at public accesses is prohibited. 

BOS ADVICE & SAFETY TIPS
1. Proper attire and equipment are critical as temps, weather and the sun's intensity will change throughout the day. BOS organizers strongly recommend participants wear nonrestrictive, synthetic fabrics, sun-shielding hats, wind-breakers, running shoes & light socks, sunglasses, sunscreen, and light, smooth gloves to prevent blisters.   
2. SNACK & REHYDRATE OFTEN (ESPECIALLY IF IT'S HOT)! BOS SUPers should drink ~5 L (170 oz.) of fluids and eat ~2500 kCal in snacks. Sven 10 SUPers = 3 L (100 oz.) & 1000 kCal, Sven 6 SUPers = 2 L (68 oz.) & 500 kCal.
3. Interlake channels and culverts will have currents, eddies and small wave trains.
4. Participants are paddling on public waters and must remain aware of their surroundings, especially around boaters. If a boat is too close for comfort, stand tall, shout, raise your arms and wave your arm(s) and/or paddle. Participants can take a less direct route along the shoreline if boat traffic is too high for their comfort. 
5. Keep an eye on the sky and check with BOS staff about weather-related issues.
6. A longer route better sheltered from the wind and waves may be faster.
7. Participants should wear their PFD if paddling in adverse weather conditions.
8. Participants too fatigued to enjoy themselves are encouraged to exit the race.
9. Participants should bring a towel, fresh clothes and shoes to wear afterwards.
10. Fins longer than 1 foot may occasionally touch the bottom of sandy streams.   

EXITING THE RACE BEFORE FINISHING
     Participants may not be able to complete their course because of fatigue, equipment issues or inclement weather. Although BOS organizers will have vehicles and boats to support SUPers, a participant that has exited may not want to wait an hour or more until a volunteer can leave their station and give them a ride. The following is a list of addresses of all exit points along the Big Ole SUP-athon, Sven 10 & Sven 6 routes.

#     Location                  Address - Alexandria (56308)              Comment
1.  CR 5 Portage                  1350 CR 5 NW
2.  CR 61                              2250 CR 61 NW
3.  W. Lk Charley                 5100 Sunset Strip NW
4.  N. Lk Louise                    3700 Sunset Strip NW               START - SVEN 10(**)
5.  Louise - N. Union            3000 CR 22 NW**
6.  SW Lk Cowdry                650 W Lk Cowdry Rd**
7.  Cowdry Access               899 E. Lk Cowdry Rd**               START - SVEN 6(#)
8.  S. Lk Darling                   2101 CR 22 NW**#
9.  Carlos-Darling Bridge     251 Carlos-Darling Dr NE**#
10. Rotary Beach                 4701 CR 42 NE**# 
11. Bugaboo Bay                 2800 N. Nokomis NE                FINISH - SVEN 6 & 10
12. N. Lk Geneva Access    2218 Geneva Rd NE         
13. Geneva-Victoria Bridge  3295 CR 82 SE 

CURRENT WEATHER & WEATHER POLICY
     The Big Ole SUP-athon is a charitable event that takes months of planning to execute. BOS organizers must "throw a dart" at the calendar, select a far-off Friday and then wish, hope and pray for a calm, sunny day. The BOS has significant expenses like event insurance, t-shirts, dry bags, food and water, so organizers can offer only a partial refund if unsafe weather conditions (high winds, severe thunderstorms & lightning) require organizers to deviate from the schedule or cancel the event. Organizers also reserve the right to postpone start times, suspend the event, or prematurely end the event if severe weather poses a threat to SUPer safety. Decisions to deviate from the schedule because of weather will NOT be taken lightly or made hastily.  



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
     The great extent of the course, multiple races with different start times and the varying speeds of SUPers makes the Big Ole SUP-athon a complicated dance to choreograph. THE BOS MUST BE SAFE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS if it is to become an annual event. The BOS needs serious, concerned adults to volunteer about 5-6 hours of their time to ensure the event is a safe and enjoyable one for SUPers of all skill levels. Volunteers will get a free t-shirt, love from SUPers and the thanks and admiration of BOS coordinators. We're seeking volunteers with reliable vehicles (preferably ones that can haul a SUP or two), moblie phones w/ car chargers and large, clean coolers. Volunteers are required to attend a mandatory 30-minute meeting at 6pm on Thursday at Bugaboo Bay where they will receive their instruction packet, assigned station & schedule and ice, food and water. We're also very interested in finding volunteers with pontoons. Please contact us at big.ole.supathon@gmail.com if you are interested in being a BOS volunteer. 

MISSION
1. Promote Stand Up Paddleboarding and all paddlesports in West-Central Minnesota.
2. Increase the general public's awareness of local environmental concerns like zebra mussels, eurasian water milfoil, shoreline erosion / alteration, and the water quality of our lakes.
3. The Big Ole SUP-athon is a "choose your favorite 501(c)" event, encouraging participants to raise funds for their charity of choice. The BOS also donates all profits to local 501(c) non-profits. The United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties is the beneficiary for 2016
4. Promote the Alexandria Lakes Area as a destination for year-round tourism.    

HISTORY

     The Big Ole SUP-athon is the brainchild of Scott Larson and Jason Lybeck. Scott, a former Alexandrian, purchased a SUP from Jason & Faction Boardshop in the Spring of '14. While planning a trip back to Alexandria, Scott wondered: “How far can a person paddle through the Chain of Lakes?” A quick review in Google Earth revealed that a 26 mile, marathon-length course through 13 lakes was very feasible, requiring just a few minor portages. Scott told Jason of his plan and Jason lent him a SurfTech Flowmaster for the attempt. On August 8th, 2014, Scott completed the 26 mile course in about 12 hours, leisurely paddling and frequently stopping to snack, rehydrate, post status updates and savor the experience. Scott had mettle tested and battled white caps and 20 MPH southerly headwinds on the final 3 lakes......the Big Ole SUP-athon was born!


Additional Questions or Comments? Contact us at big.ole.supathon@gmail.com 
Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

5:00 - 8:00 PM     SUP Demo & Pre-Race Orientation
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, Alexandria, MN 56308

Big Ole SUP-athon organizers will be available to answer questions and handing out race packets for Friday's paddlers. SUP Sales Reps will be present with new products to demo in Lake L'Homme Dieu. SUP rentals and all logistical issues for Friday's events will also be covered.

7:00 - 8:00 PM     THE LITTLE LENA!
Location: Rotary Beach - L'Homme Dieu - 4429 County Road 42 NE, 56308

The Big Ole SUP-athon officially begins with the Little Lena, a 1.8 mile "Aquatic Parade" for water-enthusiasts age 15 and over. The Little Lena starts at Rotary Beach on Lake L'Homme Dieu and ends at Bugaboo Bay. Participants are encouraged to dress in outrageous costumes, bring their well-behaved pets and paddle anything that floats! The Little Lena is FREE to anyone signed up for Friday's Sven 6, Sven 10 or Big Ole SUP-athon. Last minute registration and SUP rentals will be available at Bugaboo Bay, as will discounted meals afterwards.

Friday, July 8th, 2016

6:00 - 6:30 AM     Big Ole SUP-athon Pre-Race Organization 
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, 56308

Paddlers attempting the 26 mile Big Ole SUP-athon are encouraged to carpool out to the E. Miltona Access. Space for you and your craft in organizer's vehicles will be limited so get on the sign-up sheets or coordinate with some newfound friends on Thursday evening! 

7:00 AM    THE BIG OLE SUP-ATHON!
Location: East Lake Miltona Access - 2470 N. Lake Miltona Dr NE, Miltona, MN 56354

The Big Ole SUP-athon is a 26-mile-long race / recreational tour spanning 13 lakes of Alexandria's Chain of Lakes. Competitive paddlers will start at 7AM sharp, followed by recreational paddlers one minute later. Paddlers will be guided across Miltona by a strobe light. Volunteers will available to offer food, water and encouragement every few miles along the route. Assistance will be provided at all three minor portages. BOS paddlers are required to maintain a minimum pace of 2.6 MPH, including all rest breaks, to complete the race by 5PM. A 2:30PM cut-off time will be imposed at Rotary Beach and BOS SUPers arriving after 2:30PM will be required to follow the Sven course and finish at Bugaboo Bay (21.3 mi). The Big Ole SUP-athon ends at the (South) Lake Victoria Public Access (300 Hazel Hill Rd SE, 56308). Finish line photos will be taken and official times recorded as paddlers reach the shoreline.

9:00 - 9:30 AM     Sven Ten Pre-Race Organization 
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, 56308

Paddlers attempting the 10 mile Sven Ten are encouraged to carpool out to the N. Louise Culverts. Space for you and your craft in organizer's vehicles will be limited so get on the sign-up sheets or coordinate with some newfound friends on Thursday evening! 

10:00 AM    THE SVEN TEN!
Location: North Lake Louise Culverts - 3700 Sunset Strip NW, 56308

The Sven Ten is a 10-mile-long race / tour spanning 8 lakes of Alexandria's Chain of Lakes. Competitive paddlers will start at 10AM sharp, followed by recreational paddlers one minute later. Volunteers will available to offer food, water, encouragement and assistance to paddlers every few miles along the route. The Sven Ten ends in the West Bay of Lake Le Homme Dieu at Bugaboo Bay (2800 N. Nokomis NE, 56308). Finish line photos will be taken and official times recorded as paddlers reach the shoreline.

10:00 - 10:30 AM     Sven Six Pre-Race Organization 
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, 56308

Paddlers attempting the 6 mile Sven Six are encouraged to carpool out to the Cowdry Access. Space for you and your craft in organizer's vehicles will be limited so get on the sign-up sheets or coordinate with some newfound friends on Thursday evening! 

11:00 AM    THE SVEN SIX!
Location: Lake Cowdry Access - 898 East Lake Cowdry Rd NW, 56308

The Sven Six is a 6-mile-long race / tour spanning 4 lakes of Alexandria's Chain of Lakes. Competitive paddlers will start at 11AM sharp, followed by recreational paddlers one minute later. Volunteers will available to offer food, water, encouragement and assistance to paddlers every few miles along the route. The Sven Six ends in the West Bay of Lake Le Homme Dieu at Bugaboo Bay (2800 N. Nokomis NE, 56308). Finish line photos will be taken and official times recorded as paddlers reach the shoreline.

5:30 - 7:00 PM    Post-Race Awards & Celebration
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, 56308

Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers of each course! Because of budgetary constraints, cash prizes of $15, 10 and 5 will be awarded to the top 3 male & female finishers!

Additional Questions or Comments? Contact us at big.ole.supathon@gmail.com 

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Jason Hendrickson9SUP (All)AllGuy
Kevin Bienias10SUP (All)AllGuy
Greg Bienias11SUP (All)AllGuy
Jason Lybeck12SUP (All)AllGuy
Zachary Handler13SUP (All)AllGuy
Jared Munch16SUP (All)AllGuy
Patrick Johnson20AllAllGuy
Alex Vanos24AllAllGuy
Mark Thone26AllAllGuy
Darrel Uithoven29AllAllGuy
David Rostvold30AllAllGuy
Eric Lenarz32AllAllGuy
Craig Stolen33AllAllGuy
Travis Bakker37AllAllGuy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Kate Bargabus1SUP (All)18&UGirl
Tom Ernst4SUP (All)AllGuy
Cassi Buchite6SUP (All)AllGirl
Kris Menke7SUP (All)AllGirl
Marlene Grindland8SUP (All)AllGirl
Terri Gerdes14SUP (All)AllGirl
Mimi Seykora15SUP (All)AllGirl
Jasey Olsen17SUP (All)AllGirl
Joellen Kohlman-petrick18SUP (All)AllGirl
Jeremy Petrick19SUP (All)AllGuy
Christopher Teeuwen21AllAllGuy
Brett Vegoe25AllAllGuy
Kira Stolen36AllAllGirl
Jacob Gustafson38AllAllGuy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Katrina Mouser2SUP (All)AllGirl
Matthew Mouser3SUP (All)AllGuy
Holly Crowser5SUP (All)AllGirl
Nick Holper22AllAllGuy
Jen Holper23AllAllGirl
Travis Parker27AllAllGuy
Stacey Parker28AllAllGirl
Marni Dirindin34AllAllGirl
Pete Dirindin35AllAllGuy
Kristin Tuel39AllAllGirl
Sarah Duffy40AllAllGirl
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Chris Brueske31AllAllGuy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Course Maps

     BOS organizers know everyone's first question is "How will I know where to go?" Our answer is regular supervision and guidance by volunteers and buoys, and pocket-size waterproof maps for each paddler. BOS organizers know both competitive and non-competitive participants want to review their potential course before registering. And serious paddlers need to have a plan if they're going to win! Our detailed course maps, created using Google Earth & Google Maps, allow paddlers to review the exact path they'll take on July 8th. On the "Directions" page you will find additional Google Maps to guide participants to Bugaboo Bay, the start and finish lines of each course and spectacular spectator maps! Detailed pace plots for each course allow BOS staff and spectators to use a paddler's average speed to guesstimate the times when participants will pass by key points along their course!    


















Additional Questions or Comments? Contact us at big.ole.supathon@gmail.com 
DIRECTIONS & PARKING INSTRUCTIONS 

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Bugaboo Bay - Big Ole SUP-athon Headquarters 
2800 N. Nokomis NE, Alexandria, MN 56308
Special Parking Note: Please park in the far ends of Bugaboo Bay's lot.

LITTLE LENA - 7PM at Rotary Beach (4429 County Road 42 NE, 56308)
1. Turn LEFT out of Bugaboo Bay onto Browns Pt Ln, go 100 feet.
2. Turn LEFT onto N. Nokomis / CR 42, go 0.4 mi.
3. Turn RIGHT to stay on CR 42 and go 1.2 mi. Rotary Beach will be on the RIGHT just past the NW L'Homme Dieu Public Access (extra parking if beach is full).

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Friday, July 8th 

Click on links for handy Google Maps with driving directions for both paddlers and spectators!

BIG OLE SUP-ATHON - 7AM at E. Miltona Access (2470 N. Lake Miltona Dr NE, Miltona, MN 56354)
1. Turn LEFT out of Bugaboo Bay onto Browns Pt Ln, go 100 feet.
2. Turn LEFT onto N. Nokomis / CR 42, go 0.4 mi.
3. Turn RIGHT to stay on CR 42 and go 4.8 mi.
4. Turn LEFT onto MN Hwy 29 N, go 5.0 mi.
5. Turn LEFT onto N. Lake Miltona Dr, go 0.8 mi. Access on LEFT where road bends to the right. 

Do you want to follow your Big Ole SUP-athoner as they paddle their guts out?!? Use the BIG OLE SUP-ATHON SPECTATOR MAP and the BOS Pace Plot to track their speed and guesstimate when they'll reach the next observation points! 

SVEN TEN - 10AM at N. Louise (3700 Sunset Strip NW, 56308)
1. Turn LEFT out of Bugaboo Bay onto Browns Pt Ln, go 100 feet.
2. Turn LEFT onto N. Nokomis / CR 42, go 0.4 mi.
3. Turn LEFT onto CR 11 / CR 34 / Carlos - Darling Dr, go 1.1 mi.
4. Turn LEFT onto Arrowwood Dr, go 0.9 mi.
5. Turn RIGHT onto Sunset Strip, go 0.1 mi. Park on shoulder near culverts.

Do you want to follow your Sven 10 paddler? Use the SVEN TEN SPECTATOR MAP and the Sven 10 Pace Plot to track their speed and guesstimate when they'll reach the next observation points! 

SVEN SIX - 11AM at Cowdry Access (898 E. Lake Cowdry Rd NW, 56308)
1. Turn LEFT out of Bugaboo Bay onto Browns Pt Ln, go 100 feet.
2. Turn RIGHT onto N. Nokomis / CR 42, go 0.9 mi.
3. Turn RIGHT onto Voyager Dr, go 1.8 mi.
4. Turn LEFT onto CR 22, go 0.5 mi. 
5. Turn RIGHT onto CR 82, go 1.0 mi.
6. Turn RIGHT onto E Lake Cowdry Rd, go straight for 0.9 mi via Pleasant View Drive shortcut. Access on LEFT about 0.1 mi after road bends to right. 

Do you want to follow your Sven 6 paddler? Use the SVEN SIX SPECTATOR MAP and the Sven 6 Pace Plot to track their speed and guesstimate when they'll reach the next observation points!

Additional Questions or Comments? Contact us at big.ole.supathon@gmail.com 

When:

Jul 7 to Jul 8, 2016

Where:

Alexandria, MN