SUP Invitational-2017-Key West


Welcome Paddlers

to the 6th Annual SUP Invitational!

Join us for a 2-mile paddle board race and beach obstacle course to support Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County! 

You don't have to be a paddle pro to participate..........All levels welcome!

This amazing event is in its 6th year running and brings together paddlers of all abilities! 

                                                         NEW EVENT! 

                                                      Atheltes Reception 

Friday Oct. 13- 4 pm-7:30 pm

Atheltes reception at Lucy's retired Surfer Bar and Restaurant

Pick up event packets, register for events, meet our awesome Special Olympics atheltes. Taco Bar available, with drink specials

                                         Events at Higgs Beach,  Key West

                                    NEW EVENT- UNIFIED SUP Races! 

                                           #ChooseToInclude Relay! 

Sat. Oct. 14- 1- 3 pm -Saturday at Higgs Beach- 3 paddler team, uses one board, 1 typical paddler and 2 Special Olympics paddlers- $25 fee per typical paddler. Registration will sponsor your Special Olympics team members, include a free #ChooseToInclude T-shirt, and an instructional clinic in Unified Sports. Typical Paddlers and atheltes will pair up into teams during the clinic. This is an awesome opportunity to learn about how to be involved in Unified Sports.


                     Preferred Properties Beachside Luau Dinner Dance 

Sat. Oct. 14 Check in and Packet Pick ups open at 3 pm 

             NEW!- 4:30 pm Opening Ceremonies with the traditional parade of athletes.

5:30-7:30 pm. Buffet Dinner and Dancing- $25.00 dinner ticket sponsors one Special Olympics Athlete

                                 Main Event- Open Race- Sunday Oct. 15 11:30 am

             2 mile paddle race into the Gulf of Mexico, with a beach run obstacle course

Your $35.00 early race registration fee will sponsor one Special Olympics Florida SUP athlete so they can have a FREE fun race weekend. Registration fee includes lunch (your choice of Grilled Hot Dog or Hamburger) Racers also get a cool Free T-shirt with Special Olympics Logo.

                           Do not want to race or cannot make the event??? 

Explore our donation options to help us make this event AWESOME for Special Olympics SUP athletes.  We appreciate your support!

Email ruthholland@specialolympicsmonroe for more info on tax deductible sponsorship donations for this event. 

Need a Board? Lazy Dog is renting boards at $10.00 each with all proceeds donated back to Special Olympics Florida Monroe County athletes! 

Contact them at 305-295-9898 to reserve your board!

Special Olympics Florida- Monroe County celebrates what athletes CAN do, not what society believes they can’t do.  This event is a CELEBRATION for all! 

It is truly a moving experience to watch an athlete perform their best and meet their personal goal.  Special Olympics athletes remind us all what sharing, giving, and happiness is all about. The Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath is one that we should all live by …


                        “Let me win.  But if I cannot win,

                         let me be brave in the attempt.”


Need a place to stay? 

  • Our Event Hotel is the Best Western Key Ambassador--- this hotel books quickly! Reduced rates Thursday Oct. 12-Monday Oct. 16--Call 305-296-3500 to reserve. Ask for Armida Averette 
  • The Gates Hotel - Room Blocks with reduced rates. Book at this link
  • 24 North- Room Blocks with reduced rates. Book at this link 

We will have additional room blocks with reduced rates - keep checking back. 

Vacation Rentals are also available at Truman and Company Call directly and ask for Regan Butler 305-292-2244 ext. 104

Full Schedule to Be announced soon.
Here are some Highlights

Friday Oct. 13 - 4 pm-7:30 pm
Pre Registration events, Meet the Athletes Reception, dancing! 

Sat. Oct. 14- 
1 pm- 3 pm Unified Relays
3 pm- Check In Begins
4:30 pm Traditional Special Olympics Opening Ceremony
5:30 pm Pre event Buffet and Dancing! 

Sunday Oct. 15- Higgs Beach
Race Day! 
8:00 am---Special Olympics Races begin - Level, 2,3 and 4
11:30 am- Open Fun Race! Level 1 Special Olympics atheltes included
FREE T-Shirt with Special Olympics Logo and FREE Lunch if preregistered by Oct. 1, 2017

This race is designed for the general public to compete all while supporting our cause!
Note: this is an untimed, no board class race with a beach run obstacle course- first 10 women and first 10 men across the finish line will be awarded! 

Coaches are encouraged to race too!

All races are directed by Sue Cooper of Lazy Dog! 

FINISHER AWARDS FOR ALL who cross the Finish Line!
Special Olympics Ribbons awarded for all Special Olympics Races
First 10 Men, First 10 Women for Open Race awarded at the Podium
Special Olympics and General Public Awards Ceremonies will be held immediately  after each race. 

Volunteers for the event are needed! 
Sign Up here
We love our volunteers and we know you love being on the water.....that is why we make sure that you will be able to volunteer AND race!   

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Maps coming soon! 

Special Olympics Florida Athlete Races will be held inside the swim zone of Higgs Beach with distances of .5 to 2 miles, with exact course to be determined closer to the event to accommodate conditions and ensure safety. All races will be a beach start and finish. 

General Public Race will be a 2-Mile  Paddle/Beach Obstacle Course. 
All racers will be visible from beach. 
This is an UNTIMED fun race with finisher medals for all. 

All races are directed by Sue Cooper from Lazy Dog! 

Details Coming Soon!


Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017


Higgs Beach,Key West, FL