Big Ole SUP-athon 2017


The Big Ole SUP-athon is unique among Midwestern paddlesport events because of its length and relaxed, family-friendly attitude. Spacious courses allow both competitive and recreational paddlers to go at their own pace. 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 paddlesport event designed to strengthen the connection between the people and the lakes of West-Central Minnesota while raising funds for the local chapter of the United Way. The Big Ole SUP-athon (BOS) offers courses of 2.5, 6, 11.5 and 26 miles to be enjoyed by paddlers of all skill levels. The Big Ole SUP-athon begins at 5PM on Thursday, July 13th at Bugaboo Bay with the BOS Check-In & Packet Pick-Up. Brief, mandatory meetings for volunteers and paddlers begin at 5:30 and 6PM, respectively. The 1 mile West Bay Relay in the West Bay of Lake Le Homme Dieu runs from 6PM to 9PM at Bugaboo Bay's beach. 
     On Friday, July 14th, our main 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. The BOS, SVEN & LENA courses are fully-supported by BOS organizers and volunteers with food and water stationed every 2-5 miles. The 11.5 mi SVEN begins at 9AM at the Lake Charlie Access, spans 9 lakes and ends at Bugaboo Bay's beach in the West Bay of Lake L'Homme Dieu. The 6 mi LENA begins at 11AM at the Lake Charlie Access and ends at the Lake Cowdry Public Access. West Bay events run from 12 to 5PM. 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.

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 themselves. 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 paddlecraft to their vehicles, parking in safe places and safely crossing busy roadways before, during and after the event.

2017 Big Ole SUP-athon RULES

1. ALL PARTICIPANTS must be 12 or older and complete the waiver form. Minors age 12-17 must have their parent sign their waiver and follow additional safety rules. 

 

2. ALL PARTICIPANTS must possess a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in serviceable condition and suited for their height and weight.


3. ALL PARTICIPANTS must possess the clip-on safety whistle provided to them.


4. ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST POSSESS A PFD AND EMPLOY A SAFETY LEASH. ALL PARTICIPANTS must wear their PFD if they are >500 m (1640 ft) from shore. Applies on Lakes Miltona, Ida, Darling, Carlos, L'Homme Dieu and Geneva.


5. ALL PARTICIPANTS exiting their course prior to finishing must notify BOS staff.


6. BOS staff can end a participants' race IF staff feels it’s unsafe for them to continue.


7. PARTICIPANTS’ emergency contact cannot be another BOS participant. Emergency contacts should be aware of the event and the participant's pertinent medical info.


8. ALL PARTICIPANTS must be punctual for their event. We recommend paddlers arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled start. Tardy participants can start a later, shorter course, if possible.


9. ALL PARTICIPANTS must pass through low culverts while lying face down on their SUP or crouched low in their paddlecraft. IF a participant falls while in a culvert, they must continue onward to the outlet and then gather their personal belongings.

 

10. ALL SVEN & BIG OLE SUP-ATHON (BOS) paddlers must carry water. 


11. Inexperienced paddlers will not be allowed to rent paddlecraft from BOS organizers to attempt the 26 mi Big Ole SUP-athon. Organizers have total discretion on rentals.


12. ALL PARTICIPANTS must be patient when navigating narrow, inter-lake streams and short culverts beneath roadways. Slower paddlers should yield to faster paddlers, letting them pass on the left, when safe and convenient. Restrictive waterways are a small portion of the BOS, SVEN and LENA courses and the current will increase your speed so "relax and go with the flow!" 


13. ALL SVEN & BIG OLE SUP-ATHON paddlers must check-in with BOS staff at Rotary Beach on L'Homme Dieu for a mandatory 2-minute rest & observation break.


14. ALL BIG OLE SUP-ATHON paddlers must average 2.6 mph, including all rest breaks, to be permitted to complete the full course after departing Rotary Beach.


DOUGLAS CO & MN DNR REGULATIONS

1. Nonmotorized watercraft 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 of the BOS course. All out-of-town participants can have their craft decontaminated for free by Douglas Co. Land & Resource Mgmt.

3. Lake Le Homme Dieu is infested with Eurasian watermilfoil. BOS paddler must inspect and remove vegetation from their paddlecraft 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. Participants are recommended to wear loose, synthetic fabrics, hats, wind-breakers, sunglasses, sunscreen & shoes or sandals. It’s recommended that BOS paddlers wear gloves and carry a hydration pack, dry bag & mobile phone.

2. BOS paddlers should drink ~5 L (170 oz.) of fluids and eat ~2000 Cal in snacks. SVEN paddlers = 3 L (100 oz.) & 1000 cal. LENA paddlers = 2 L (68 oz.) & 500 cal.

3. Hazards in streams and culverts include currents, wave trains, rocks & woody debris.

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 arms 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 ask BOS staff about the weather, if needed.

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. The following is a list of addresses of all exit points along the Big Ole SUP-athon, SVEN & LENA courses.

#     Location                  Address - Alexandria (56308)              Comment
1.  CR 5 Culvert                   1350 CR 5 NW
2.  W. Lk Charley                  5100 Sunset Strip NW             START - SVEN & LENA
3.  N. Lk Louise                    3700 Sunset Strip NW               
4.  Louise - N. Union            3000 CR 22 NW
5.  SW Lk Cowdry                650 W Lk Cowdry Rd
6.  Cowdry Access               899 E. Lk Cowdry Rd                    FINISH - LENA
7.  S. Lk Darling                   2101 CR 22 NW
8.  Carlos-Darling Bridge     251 Carlos-Darling Dr NE
9. Rotary Beach                   4701 CR 42 NE
10. Bugaboo Bay                 2800 N. Nokomis NE                     FINISH - SVEN
11. N. Lk Geneva Access    2218 Geneva Rd NE     
12. 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 and dozens of volunteers to execute. BOS organizers must select a far-off Friday and hope for a calm, sunny day. The BOS has significant expenses and out-of-town participants, so organizers cannot reschedule or offer refunds if unsafe weather conditions (high winds, thunderstorms & lightning) require organizers deviate from the schedule or cancel the event. Organizers reserve the right to postpone start times, suspend the event, or prematurely end the event if weather poses a threat to participant 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 courses, multiple races and the varying speeds of paddlers makes the Big Ole SUP-athon a complicated dance to choreograph. The BOS needs adults to volunteer about 5-6 hours to ensure the event is a safe and enjoyable one for all paddlers. Volunteers should have a reliable vehicle or pontoon, mobile phone and a large cooler. Volunteers must attend a brief meeting at 5:30pm on Thur. 7/13 at Bugaboo Bay where they receive their instructions, schedule and ice, food and water. If you are interested, please contact us at big.ole.supathon@gmail.com.

MISSION
1. Promote paddlesports and the use of non-motorized watercraft 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. Donate all profits to the United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties
4. Promote the Alexandria Lakes Area as a destination for year-round tourism.    

HISTORY

     The Big Ole SUP-athon is an idea of Scott Larson and Jason Lybeck. Scott, a former Alexandrian, purchased a SUP from Jason & Faction Boardshop in early 2014.   While planning an August trip back to Alexandria, Scott used Google Earth to see that a 26 mile, marathon-length course through 13 lakes required he simply hop over two small dams. On Aug. 8th, 2014, Scott completed the 26 mile course in ~12 hours, leisurely paddling Jason's SurfTech Flowmaster and stopping to snack, rehydrate, enjoy the scenery and post status updates. Scott's mettle was tested battling white caps and 20 MPH headwinds on the last 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 13th, 2017

5:00 - 6:00 PM     Pre-Race Packet Pick-up
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 rentals for Friday's events will also be finalized.

5:30 - 6:00 PM     BOS Volunteer Meeting 
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, Alexandria, MN 56308

Big Ole SUP-athon organizers will brief volunteers on the BOS event schedule, volunteers' assignments / locations, and responsibilities.

6:00 - 6:30 PM     Mandatory Pre-Race Orientation Meeting
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, Alexandria, MN 56308

BOS, SVEN & LENA paddlers are required to attend to be informed of any last-minute changes. BOS organizers must receive your completed waiver by 7PM on Thursday 7/13. 

6:00 - 9:00 PM     THE WEST BAY RELAY! 
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, Alexandria, MN 56308

The West Bay Relay is a 1.0 mi relay course in the West Bay of Lake Le Homme Dieu. Interested parties simply need a friend or three to form 2-person or 4-person teams. A rental craft is provided and paddlers will receive official times and finish line photos via email.

BOS paddlers are encouraged to show their gratitude to Bugaboo Bay for allowing the use of their facilities by enjoying a discounted meal after the meetings.

A free, private and very convenient campsite is available to out-of-town paddlers.

Friday, July 14th, 2017

6:00 - 6:20 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 coordinate with some newfound friends and carpool out to the East Miltona Public Access (Parson Park).

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. Volunteers will available to offer food, water and encouragement every few miles along the route. 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 paddlers 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 (2301 Hazel Hill Rd SE, 56308). Finish line photos will be taken and official times recorded as paddlers reach the shoreline.

8:00 - 8:20 AM     SVEN Pre-Race Organization 
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, 56308

Paddlers attempting the 11.5 mile SVEN are encouraged to encouraged to coordinate with some newfound friends and carpool out to W. Lake Charlie.

9:00 AM    THE SVEN!
Location: West Lake Charlie Access - 5100 Sunset Strip NW, 56308

The SVEN is an 11.5-mile-long race / tour spanning 9 lakes of Alexandria's Chain of Lakes. Volunteers will available to offer food, water, encouragement and assistance to paddlers every few miles along the route. The SVEN 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 - 10:20 AM     LENA Pre-Race Organization 
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, 56308

Paddlers attempting the 5.8 mile LENA are encouraged to encouraged to coordinate with some newfound friends and carpool out to W. Lake Charlie.

11:00 AM    THE LENA!
Location: West Lake Charlie Access - 5100 Sunset Strip NW, 56308

The LENA is a 6-mile-long race / tour spanning 6 lakes of Alexandria's Chain of Lakes. Volunteers will available to offer food, water, encouragement and assistance to paddlers every few miles along the route. The LENA ends at the Lake Cowdry Public Access (898 East Lake Cowdry Rd NW, 56308). Finish line photos will be taken and official times recorded as paddlers reach the shoreline.

12:00 - 5:00 PM     DEMO IN THE WEST BAY!
Location: Bugaboo Bay - 2800 N. Nokomis NE, Alexandria, MN 56308

Sales Reps from SurfTech, Faction Boardshop / Faction Marine and Lakes Area Paddlesports will be available with new products to demo in Lake L'Homme Dieu.

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

Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female finishers of each course! Registered paddlers will be eligible for awesome promotional giveaway items like a SUP, paddle, clothing, etc.
BOS paddlers are encouraged to show their gratitude to Bugaboo Bay for allowing the use of their facilities by enjoying a discounted, post-event meal.

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

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Krista Fix45SUP (All)AllAll
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Daniel Lee7SUP (All)AllGuy
Kirsta Anderson17SUP (All)AllGirl
Eric Lenarz18SUP (All)AllGuy
Jason Hendrickson23SUP (All)AllGuy
Jason Lybeck29SUP (All)AllGuy
Erik Russell30CanoeAllGuy
Todd Kraska31SUP (All)AllGuy
David Rostvold40SUP (All)AllGuy
Craig Stolen41SUP (All)AllGuy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Mitchell Hop1AllAllAll
Jeff Pearson5KayakAllGuy
Jen Holper21SUP (All)AllGirl
Nick Holper22SUP (All)AllGuy
Jasey Olsen24SUP (All)AllGirl
Brett Vegoe32KayakAllGuy
Collin Levasseur37KayakAllGuy
Crystal Ritter38SUP (All)AllGirl
Travis Bakker44CanoeAllGuy
NameNumberCraftAgeGender
Scott Larson2SUP (All)AllGuy
Tom Ernst3SUP (All)AllGuy
Terri Gerdes4SUP (All)AllGirl
Jill Wilson6KayakAllGirl
Joe Gerhardt8SUP (All)AllGuy
Calcie Sundgaard9KayakAllGirl
Letina Brown10KayakAllGirl
Kelli Moore11SUP (All)AllGirl
Jerome Molacek12SUP (All)AllGuy
Kari Koos13SUP (All)AllGirl
Jessica Rankl14SUP (All)AllGirl
Kristina Gerhardt15KayakAllGirl
Summer Gerhardt16KayakAllGirl
Emma Gerhardt19SUP (All)AllGirl
Lily Gerhardt20SUP (All)AllGirl
Angela Heidelberger25SUP (All)AllGirl
Hannah Rooney26SUP (All)AllGirl
Cassi Buchite27SUP (All)AllGirl
Angelina Lee28SUP (All)AllGirl
Danielle Lybeck33SUP (All)AllGirl
Jess Kriel34SUP (All)AllGirl
Katrina Mouser35SUP (All)AllGirl
Matthew Mouser36SUP (All)AllGuy
Ryan Rooney39SUP (All)AllGuy
Pat Connelly42SUP (All)AllGuy
Jospeh Connelly43SUP (All)AllGuy
Kelley Diekman46SUP (All)AllGirl
Cody Rieland47SUP (All)AllGuy
Beth Leipholz48SUP (All)AllGirl
Kristen Anderson49SUP (All)AllGirl
Mitchell Hop50SUP (All)AllGuy

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Course Maps

     Big Ole SUP-athon organizers know everyone's first question is "How will I know where to go?" BOS staff will regularly supervise and guide paddlers and buoys mark the entire LENA course. Unless you're the leader, you'll likely have someone to follow. BOS & SVEN paddlers will receive a pocket-sized waterproof map. We do recommend paddlers review our detailed Google Maps of their course beforehand. Tech-savvy paddlers with GPS-enabled phones can use the Google Maps app to view their position within their course map.

The "Directions" page has 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 they will pass by observation points along their course and cross the finish line!







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

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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.

NEED A ROOM FOR A NIGHT OR TWO? Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce - Lodging


Friday, July 14th 

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 point! 

SVEN - 9AM at W. Lake Charley (5100 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. Follow right curve onto CR 34, go 2.3 mi.
4. Turn LEFT onto CR 61, go 1.1 mi.
5. Turn LEFT onto Sunset Strip, go 0.3 mi. Park on right shoulder near access.

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

LENA - 11AM at W. Lake Charley (5100 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. Follow right curve onto CR 34, go 2.3 mi.  
4. Turn LEFT onto CR 61, go 1.1 mi.
5. Turn LEFT onto Sunset Strip, go 0.3 mi. Park on right shoulder near access.

Do you want to follow your LENA paddler? Use the LENA SPECTATOR MAP and the LENA Pace Plot to track their speed and guesstimate when they'll reach the next observation point!

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

When:

Jul 13 to Jul 14, 2017

Where:

Alexandria, MN