SUP Invitational- Key West 2016


Welcome Paddlers

to the 5th 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 5th year running and brings together paddlers of all abilities! 

All events will occur at Higgs Beach in Key West!

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- Preregister by Oct. 10! 

Pre Event Dinner/Dance- Catered by New York Pasta Garden- a beachside buffet, with a grill station, pasta buffet and salad bar--- including gluten free and vegetarian choices. Pick up your race packet, eat dinner and dance beachside with all your racing friends. All are welcome! Please invite your family, friends & community to join in. 

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. 14-Monday Oct. 17--Call 305-296-3500 to reserve. Ask for Armida. 

We have additional room blocks with reduced rates at the following hotels with the Keys Collection:

  • Hilton Garden Inn-- Book with this link-- Rates are good Thursday Oct. 14-Monday Oct. 17
  • The Gates Hotel- Use this link- Access Code 
    SPECIALOLYMPICS- reduced rates good Thursday Oct. 14-Monday Oct. 17

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

Saturday Oct. 15  - Pre Registration--Higgs Beach Park, Key West Fl
4-8 pm. Pre registration on site. Buy your raffle tickets. Sponsor an athlete. 
Meet and Greet with all race participants.

Sat. Oct. 15 
3-4 pm-Intro to SUP Clinic
 Learn to paddle from the Lazy Dog Crew- SUP basics, safety skills and other general beginner racing tips! This is a fantastic clinic for beginners! Special Olympics athletes welcome! Lazy Dog's crew can teach you the basics and offer you race tips!  Sue Cooper and her crew are on the podium at most SUP events. 

5 - 6:30 pm. Preferred Properties Beach-side Luau
New York Past Garden catered buffet-- Grill station with fish, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs -- Pasta Station with choice of 4 styles of Pasta Dishes- gluten free and veggie too! A Salad Bar, Iced Tea and Lemonade, Watermelon and Cookies! 

5:30-7:30 pm
Live Music by Big Daddy Rich in the Pavilion with dancing-- FREE TO ALL

Sunday Oct. 16- Higgs Beach
Race Day! 
FREE T-Shirt with Special Olympics Logo and FREE Lunch for all! - Preregister by Oct. 10!

Special Olympics Opening Ceremony Starting at 8:30 am 

Special Olympics races starting at 9:15 am.

Open FUN Race:
Check in by 12pm NOON!
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! 
Please contact for more info.
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.

Andre Otto36AllAllGuy
Cyrus Stowers40AllAllGuy
Gwenyth Gaines123AllAllGirl
Madison Zintsmaster127AllAllGirl
Raymond Mino1AllAllGuy
Shana Gaskill2SUP (All)Open (All Ages)Girl
Kristina Gerbracht3AllAllGirl
Sue Kabana5AllAllGirl
Tim Scholz6AllAllGuy
Stephanie Dangler8AllAllGirl
Donna Catron9AllAllGirl
Lowe Matheson10AllAllGirl
Vicki Le11AllAllGirl
Nelson Bordeau13AllAllGuy
Catherine Uden17AllAllGirl
Sheri Lovering20AllAllGirl
Shawn Nelson21AllAllGirl
Kurt Nelson22AllAllGuy
Bill Horn23AllAllGuy
Melissa Paul-leto41AllAllGirl
Rachael Ambrose89AllAllGirl
Ross Gerard96AllAllGuy
Nicole Fillippini97AllAllGirl
Russell Foster98AllAllGuy
Dan Madden99AllAllGuy
Randy Butcher100AllAllGuy
Peter Fournier102AllAllGuy
Megan Cook103AllAllGirl
Jen Reneau104AllAllGirl
Nancy Curran105AllAllGirl
Lesley Thompson106AllAllGirl
Sean Thompson107AllAllGuy
Jamie Sorbelli108AllAllGirl
Jennifer Duyser111AllAllGirl
Kayleigh Sideris112AllAllGirl
Dora Demaria113AllAllGirl
Lina Bowers114AllAllGirl
Tori Fitzsimmons115AllAllGirl
Mike Simpson116AllAllGuy
Marykate Moniz117AllAllGirl
Noah Ross118AllAllGuy
Chip Walter119AllAllGuy
Writer Leto120AllAllGuy
Janis Paz121AllAllGirl
Debbie Buterbaugh122AllAllGirl
Gwenyth Gaines123AllAllGirl
Wendy Zintsmaster124AllAllGirl
Jana Gallagher125AllAllGirl
Stacy Ryan126AllAllGirl
Kristina Gerbracht3AllAllGirl
Serina Seahorn27All35+Girl
Linnea Edwards28All26-35Girl
Heyden Fenney32All19-25Guy
Jennifer Averette33All26-35Girl
Mat Dalton34All19-25Guy
Ali Nasisif43AllAllGuy
Nicolas Perry44AllAllGuy
Orlando Caro45AllAllGuy
Logan Franklin56AllAllGuy
Katie Butcher59AllAllGirl
Julia Cronin60AllAllGirl
Clay Kendall61AllAllGirl
Sarah Ford62AllAllGirl
Nicole Facompre63AllAllGirl
Whitney Bayba64AllAllGirl
James Madden65AllAllGuy
Lucas Vonhollen66AllAllGuy
Deanna Blauer80AllAllGirl
Michael Tuason83AllAllGuy
Rachael Paz84AllAllGirl
Ethan Rudy87AllAllGuy

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 15 to Oct 16, 2016


Higgs Beach,Key West, FL