Watermans Paddle for Humanity Minneapolis 2015

*** Welcome to one of the LARGEST SUP EVENTS in the MIDWEST! ***

Now part of the MIDWEST SUP SERIES



One of the Nation's Most Popular SUP Event Series Returns to Minneapolis for its Third Year!

Founded in 2009, Paddle for Humanity (PFH) is a national grass root event series with the stated purpose of bringing the paddling community together to support a common cause. Over the past six years, PFH has raised thousands of dollars for its non-profit partners and grown into the Nation’s Largest Bi-Coastal Paddle Event Series!

Support our LOCAL community during this celebrated philanthropic event. Paddle For Humanity is pleased to announce that we will be donating a portion of the event's participation proceeds to a local nonprofit 501(C)3. Your registration or sponsorship will be making an impact right in our own backyard! 


Announcing our 2015 Event Benefactor:  Minneapolis Parks Foundation




ALL Paddlecraft Invited to Participate! New Paddlers Welcomed and Encouraged to Join the Fun!
 










 
Paddle for Humanity is open to Stand Up Paddleboards, Prone/Traditional, Surfski 1/2, Canoes, Kayaks, and other Paddlecraft. Note: A limited supply of stand up paddleboards are available for rent. First come, first serve. Please contact Wai Nani Surf & Paddle at 877.WAI.NANI or visit www.wainanisup.com to place your rental board reservation.



EVENT FEATURES
 
5K Fun Paddle:     **WPA and Midwest SUP Series Points Qualifier**
Compete against friends or simply paddle for the pleasure of it. This is a low-pressure recreational paddle and a great chance to experience the thrill of racing in a fun and entertaining environment. Every 5K participant receives a finisher’s medal. This is a timed event with podium recognition and medals to the Top Three Male/Female/Legends 50+/Junior (17 and Under) finishers in all paddle craft classes combined.
 
10K Race Event:     **WPA and Midwest SUP Series Points Qualifier**
This event is for the more seasoned paddler wishing to test their skill, endurance and strategy. Bring on the burn and share your competitive drive! Every 10K participant receives a finisher’s medal. This is a timed event with podium recognition and medals to the Top Three Male/Female/Legends 50+/Junior (17 and Under) finishers in the following paddle craft categories: SUP 12’6”, SUP 14’ and OPEN.

Looking to step up your race performance and stamina? Contact Wai Nani Surf & Paddle at 877.WAI.NANI or visit www.WaiNaniSUP.com to join our FREE Paddle for Humanity Race Training Series (a.k.a. PowerPaddle! Advanced Group Training). PowerPaddle! brought to you by the Wai Nani Surf & Paddle Tribe. All welcomed!
 
Rule 7 Event:
We’ll provide the mystery challenge, you bring the skill! You never know what off the wall challenges will come your way. We toss in plenty of equalizers and speed bumps that it becomes anyone’s winning day! One male and one female will come out victorious!


ENTRY FEES


Pre-registration is $50/one event or $60/two events (5K/10K + Rule 7). Online registration closes on Friday, 7/31 at 8pm CST. You can also register in-person at our 5-7PM Pre-Event Check-in on Friday, 7/31 or from 7-8AM the morning of the Event on Saturday, 8/1 for an additional $10. Cash or check registration options are available by calling Wai Nani Surf & Paddle at 877.WAI.NANI.  



**Be sure to visit the SCHEDULE - COURSE - DIRECTION tabs above for additional event detail***



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
 
 
PRE-EVENT:  Friday, July 31, 2015

5:30-7:00 PM: Pre-Event Check-In and Bag Pick Up 

The 3rd Annual Riverfront Festival is free and runs from 5:30-9PM. Live music, food trucks, beer by local micro-brewers, a bouncy castle for kids and a kid's food truck will all be available at the event site. The Riverfront Festival is a joint production of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the East Minneapolis Exchange Club. 

**Special Event at 7PM! The Mississippi River Boat Ballet**
As the centerpiece of the 3rd Annual Riverfront Festival, The Mississippi River Boat Ballet promises unexpected and previously unseen beauty. The river will be the stage, the dancers will be the boats, canoes, kayaks, racing sculls, rafts, row boats and SUPs! All choreographed by Patrick Scully, assisted by Karen Keir.

Above the horizon, the crowd will see the Minneapolis skyline as the summer sun lowers, painting downtown in changing colors, preparing for the Full/Blue Moon to rise. It should be a beautiful evening! We hope you can join us!


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Location: Ole Olson Riverfront Park (Rain or Shine)
2325 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN  55411

Parking: Beginning at 5:00PM, dedicated, free parking will be available specifically for Paddle for Humanity event registrants and for vehicles carrying boards located at Linen Effects: 1801 West River Road Minneapolis, MN 55411 (just a couple of blocks south of the event site with easy in and out accessibility.) Contact Holly at 612.501.2828 if you are having difficulties locating the pre-event check-in location.




EVENT DAY:  Saturday, August 1, 2015

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7:00-8:30 AM: Event Day Check-In
Location: North Beach on Lake Calhoun (Rain or Shine)
2710 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55417


8:15-8:45 AM: On-the-Water Warm-Up/Stretch (Optional)
Led by Fitness/Yoga Professional, Tory Schaefer of Life Time Fitness
Free to all Race Participants


9:00 AM: 5K / 10K Start


11:30 AM: Rule 7 Event Start


12:30 PM: Awards and After Party Celebration
Following racing with a special Hula Performance by dancers from Halau Hula O Napunaheleonapua and a Prize Raffle in between! Awards and Prize Raffle will take place at the event site on North Beach.

Key Log Rolling demonstrations will also take place during the event! All ages enjoy the fun challenge of stepping on top of a floating log in the water! This is the perfect time to give it a try with guidance from experienced log rollers. Kick off your shoes and give it a spin at the beachfront event site!
 
The After Party Celebration will immediately follow the Awards Presentation and will be held at Urban Eatery on the northern shores of Lake Calhoun directly across from the North Beach. Come for the camaraderie, share your event stories and celebrate a great day on the water!


1:00-5:00 PM: Key Log Rolling Match Tournament 
Key Log Rolling Match Tournament for Adults Sport DivisionsDesigned for the fastest growing segment of log rollers in the nation. This is the 4th Annual Summer Key Log Rolling Tournament in Minneapolis. Log Rolling is fast moving, athletic excitement that's fun to watch and easier to learn than ever before. Fans in the sand are needed! Click Here for more information! 




Sunday, August 2, 2015

Time TBD: Bloody Mary Paddle with the Wai Nani Surf & Paddle Tribe 
North Beach - Lake Calhoun Meet Up. Details to Follow!
This list is private.

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

EVENT FEATURES
 
 
5K Fun Paddle:     **WPA and Midwest SUP Series Points Qualifier**
Compete against friends or simply paddle for the pleasure of it. This is a low-pressure recreational paddle and a great chance to experience the thrill of racing in a fun and entertaining environment. Every 5K participant receives a finisher’s medal. This is a timed event with podium recognition and medals to the Top Three Male/Female/Legends 50+/Junior (17 and Under) finishers in all paddle craft classes combined.


 
10K Race Event:     **WPA and Midwest SUP Series Points Qualifier**
This event is for the more seasoned paddler wishing to test their skill, endurance and strategy with a beach start and 8 exciting buoy turns! Bring on the burn and share your competitive drive! Every 10K participant receives a finisher’s medal. This is a timed event with podium recognition and medals to the Top Three Male/Female/Legends 50+/Junior (17 and Under) finishers in the following paddle craft categories: SUP 12’6”, SUP 14’ and OPEN.


 
Rule 7 Event:
We’ll provide the mystery challenge, you bring the skill! You never know what off the wall challenges will come your way. We toss in plenty of equalizers and speed bumps that it becomes anyone’s winning day! One male and one female will come out victorious!


 

AWARDS

5K Paddle: Top Placement Medals will be podium presented to the Top Three Male/Female/Legends 50+/Junior (17 and Under) paddlers in all paddle craft classes combined. 1st Place Finisher Trophies will be awarded to First Male and Female (all ages combined) finishers in all paddle craft classes combined.
 
10K Race: Top Placement Medals will be podium presented to the Top Three Male/Female/Legends 50+/Junior (17 and Under) paddlers in the following paddle craft categories: SUP 12’6”, SUP 14’ and OPEN. 1st Place Finisher Trophies will be awarded to First Male and Female finishers (all ages combined) in SUP 12'6", SUP 14' and OPEN classes. 
 
 

DIRECTIONS/PARKING

North Beach on Lake Calhoun (Rain or Shine)
2710 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55417

SPECIAL PARKING NOTE: There are 80 Paid Parking Stalls in the North Beach Parking Lot (plan to bring parking money, cash or credit card, if you do not hold a current Minneapolis Parks patron permit and wish to park there.) Additional Parking can be found at the nearby Lake Calhoun Executive Center (3033 Excelsior Boulevard) lot. That lot is free, but a few blocks away from the event site. You will want to drop your board and gear off prior at the North Beach lot (just as you enter.) Volunteers will be there to assist with unloading and watching gear until you return.
 

WHERE TO STAY
Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel
2901 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612.821.7615
Ref: “Paddle for Humanity” for the event discount of $129 a night 
*Discounted Rate ends 7/21/15
 
 
VOLUNTEER
Want to help out pre, during and post event? We are always looking for hard working volunteers to help. No amount of volunteer time is too little or too much.  Contact us at paddleforhumanity@gmail.com for more information or sign up today by visiting our "Sign Up Genius" volunteer page by Clicking Here.
 
 
ADDITIONAL EVENT DETAIL/CONSIDERATIONS
- There are plenty of restaurants, stores and attractions within driving distance of event
- Paid parking in the North Beach lot is available on a first come first serve basis. Note: Free parking is available at nearby Lake Calhoun Executive Center and along nearby streets. Please be respectful of area residents and keep noise volume to a minimum
- NO vehicles on grass or beach (pack a cart and bring some extra bodies)
- Load in – load out assistance will be provided before and after the race
- NO alcohol on site. Violators are subject to fines and arrest

 

When:

Aug 1, 2015

Where:

Minneapolis, MN