Join the Florida Competition Paddlers Association for our annual Manatee Run in
Ft. Myers Florida on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The race has long and
short course options and is open to all paddle craft. This race is free
but you will pay a $5 parking fee.
Registration begins at 9:00 am, race starts promptly at 10:00 am at Manatee
Park on the Orange River in Ft. Myers. Long course racers will paddle at
least 10 miles (could be combination downstream and upstream). Short
course racers will paddle upstream to the orange buoy and back for a total
distance approximately 4 miles.
Manatee Park, owned and operated by Lee County, charges $5/day for
parking. Payments are made with cash or credit card using one of the two
pay machines. The following advisory is pasted from the park web site (http://www.leegov.com/parks/facility?fid=0088 ): “The
Paddlecraft Launch is temporarily closed due to extremely low tides and
sediment deposited from Hurricane Irma. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards
can be launched at our access on the Orange River. This access is available
daily from 9:00AM to 4:30PM. Vehicles will need to park in the parking
lot and paddlecraft will need to be walked 390 feet to the launch site.”
Carts are recommended.
Following the race, we will meet for lunch and awards at the Beef O’ Bradys
(1.8 miles east of Manatee Park) 11841 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL, 33905.
Location of Race: Manatee Park, 10901 State Road 80 (Palm Beach
Blvd.) Fort Myers, FL 33905
Registration: All competitors must register on-site 9-9:45am. Online preregistration
via PaddleGuru or Facebook is appreciated and will help us anticipate the
number of participants
Race Start: 10:00 am
POC: Pat Owen email@example.com
Contact Pat Owen by email if you need help finding a nearby
The 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
FCPA races are very high-stake affairs, with expensive
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:
Paddle while standing – Paddleboard
Paddle while sitting:
With two-blade paddle – Kayak
With single-blade paddle – Canoe
or Highkneel Canoe – Unlimited Canoe
NOTE – All participants are responsible for carrying safety
equipment required by law.