Paddleboarders, canoeists and kayakers of all skill levels will enjoy paddling the scenic, connected waterways of the Big Ole SUPathon.
The Big Ole SUPathon is a 2-day festival to promote the recreational paddling of Alexandria's Chain of Lakes and the Long Prairie River. The Big Ole SUPathon (BOS) offers something for everyone, with connected lake courses of 6, 12 or 26 miles, and river courses of 8 & 10 mi. The BOS kicks off at 7AM on Friday, July 13th at the East Lake Miltona Public Access with our signature event - the 26 mi Big Ole SUPathon! The 12 mi SVEN begins at 10AM and the 6 mi LENA begins at 12PM, both at the Lake Charlie Access. The BOS, SVEN & LENA courses are supported by staff with snacks and water. Medals are awarded to the top 3 Men's & Women's finishers for each course at 4:30PM at Bugaboo Bay, followed by a celebratory post-race dinner and promo gear giveaway. The Long Prairie River Cruise is on Saturday, July 14th with the 10 mi option starting at 9AM at the Lake Carlos Marina and the 8 mi option at 10AM at the Hwy 29 LPR access in Carlos.
SAFETY IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY
Safety must be everyone's highest priority to sustain this event. The BOS is insured and regulated through the US Canoe Association. It is also fully permitted by the Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office's Water Patrol Unit and the City of Alexandria. BOS organizers and the DCSO's WPU recognize that heavy boat traffic on Darling, Carlos & L'Homme Dieu makes it unsafe to hold Chain of Lakes events on weekends. Although BOS organizers and volunteers attempt to make the event as safe as possible with rules, supervision and water & snacks, paddlers still must make good decisions for themselves. Our safety strategy begins with participants reading the rules & regs, advice and safety tips, reviewing the courses and registering for the course that suits their abilities. Our safety strategy extends beyond the water to include minimizing distracted driving, wearing seat belts, tightly securing paddlecraft to vehicles, parking in safe places and using caution when crossing busy roadways.
REG. FEES - TEES, SCHWAG & $5 RAFFLE TICKET
Registered paddlers get an event t-shirt, a post-event meal, $5 raffle ticket, whistle, stickers, water, and snacks ($30+ value). Friday paddlers also get pocket-size maps. Registration fees are $39/person for the LENA, Long Prairie River Cruise and all Relays. SVEN and 26 mi BOS courses are $49 and $59, respectively. BOS organizers keep reg. and rental fees as low as possible to get people out on the water!
2018 Big Ole SUPathon RULES
1. 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. PARTICIPANTS must possess a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in
serviceable condition and suited for their height and weight.
3. PARTICIPANTS must possess the provided clip-on safety whistle.
4. PARTICIPANTS MUST EMPLOY A SAFETY LEASH and wear their PFD if they are greater than 500
m (1640 ft) from shore. Applies on Lakes Miltona, Ida, Darling, Carlos,
L'Homme Dieu and Geneva.
5. PARTICIPANTS exiting their course prior to finishing
must go directly to Lake Cowdry Access or Bugaboo Bay to notify BOS staff.
6. Staff can end or curtail a participants' race if staff feels it’s
unsafe for them to continue.
7. 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.
8. PARTICIPANTS must carry a water bottle or hydration pack.
Inexperienced paddlers cannot to rent paddlecraft to attempt the 26 mi Big Ole SUPathon.
SVEN & Big Ole SUPathon paddlers must check-in with BOS
staff at Rotary Beach on Lake L'Homme Dieu for water, snacks & guidance.
11. Paddlers attempting the 26 mi Big Ole SUPathon must average 3 mph,
including all rest breaks, to continue on the BOS course from the Rotary Beach check-in (Cutoff time - 1:30 PM).
12. Minors age 12-13 must be in same craft as parent or guardian and wear PFD & safety leash. Minors 14-15 must paddle same course as parent or guardian and wear PFD & safety leash. Each minor 16-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Minors 12-15 cannot register for the 26 mi Big Ole SUPathon.
DOUGLAS CO & MN Dept. of Natural Resources Regs.
BOS ADVICE & SAFETY TIPS
1. Participants are recommended to wear loose,
synthetic fabrics, hats, wind-breakers, sunglasses, sunscreen & shoes or sandals. It’s advised that 26 mi BOS paddlers wear gloves and carry a hydration pack, dry bag & phone.
2. Hazards in channels include currents, wave trains, rocks
& woody debris.
3. 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 follow the shoreline
if boat traffic is too high for their comfort.
4. Keep an eye on the sky and ask BOS staff about the weather, if needed.
5. Participants should wear their PFD if paddling in adverse
6. Participants too fatigued to enjoy themselves are encouraged to
exit the race.
7. Participants should bring a towel, fresh clothes and shoes to
CURRENT WEATHER & WEATHER POLICY
The Big Ole SUPathon takes months of
planning and about ten volunteers. BOS
organizers must select a far-off Friday and hope for a calm, sunny
day. If unsafe weather conditions such as high winds, thunderstorms & lightning require BOS organizers to deviate from the schedule, postponing start times is the first option. If conditions force the cancellation of Chain of Lake events, alternative events of similar distances will be held on the Long Prairie River. Decisions to deviate from the schedule because of weather will NOT be
taken lightly or made hastily.
The Big Ole SUPathon utilizes about 10 volunteers for 5 to 6 hours to ensure the event is a safe and enjoyable one. Volunteers need a reliable vehicle or boat, mobile phone and a large, clean cooler. Volunteers receive instructions & schedule via email weeks before the event, and their ice, food & water at 9AM on Fri. 7/13 at Bugaboo Bay. Interested?.....contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPONSORSHIP & CHARITY RAFFLE
The Big Ole SUPathon donates all profits to the United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties (UWDP). Organizers keep registration fees as low as possible, so profit margins are pretty slim. Any business or individual that donates $300 or more to the UWDP can be a "sponsor" and have their logo or name on the 2018 BOS T-shirt! We also shamelessly promote and gratuitously thank our sponsors on social media! Just send us the name or logo by July 1st!
The UWDP charity raffle is happening at Bugaboo at ~5:30 PM on Friday and prizes will include a SUP, paddle, clothing and other awesome stuff. Tickets are $5/each and ticket holders need not be present to win!
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