Stand Up Paddle Invitational
Inclusive paddle event for Special Olympics athletes and Stand Up Paddlers nationwide! Family fun for the weekend in beautiful Key West — everyone is invited!
Event Schedule: All activities will take place at Higgs Beach and locations in Key West– watch this page for a full listing of inclusive, family fun activities for the weekend of October 13-15, 2017.
- Friday October 13, 2017- Athletes Reception at Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar and Restaurant on Grinnell Street in Old Town Key West.
4 pm- 7 pm– Check In/Packet Pick Up Open- Get registered to race, purchase dinner and raffle tickets, meet our awesome Special Olympics atheltes, Taco Bar Buffet available.
Special Olympics teams can Jump on a Historic Tours of America Trolley for a tour of Old Key West and MORE! Pick up and drop off locations and times to be announced.
- Saturday October 14 , 2017- Higgs Beach,
1pm- 3 pm- #ChooseToInclude Unified Relay Races
Teams of 3, made up of two Special Olympics paddlers and one traditional paddler. Race registration of $25 includes a T-shirt and instructional clinic about Unified Sports in Special Olympics. Each registered typical paddler will have the opportunity to meet and pair up with Special Olympics paddlers during the clinic.
3 pm- Check In Opens- take time to check out the race course, play some volleyball or beach games with Special Olympics athletes.
3 pm- 4:00 pm-Special Olympics Coaches Meeting/Training-Mandatory for all coaches attending the Special Olympics races and open to all other Special Olympics Coaches who wish to learn more. This will be a round table discussion and race overview with Sue Cooper, our race director.
4:30 pm- Traditional Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies (Note- depending on weather, this may be moved closer to time of Sunset- TBD)
- Sunday October 15, 2017 – Race Day- Higgs Beach
7:00 am– Check in
7:30 am– Special Olympics Coaches and Volunteer Meetings
8:00 am– Special Olympics Races Start- Level 2, 3 and 4
11:30 am – Open Race 2 mile paddle with a beach obstacle course, Level 1 Special Olympics Paddlers included, hosted by Lazy Dog Paddle Shack,
Awards will be given after each event during a traditional Special Olympics ceremony.
Volunteers are needed for the entire weekend! You can race and volunteer! Volunteers receive a free T-shirt and lunch on Sunday Oct. 15.
For general the public wishing to register/pay or donate online:
- Register to race
- Purchase your Preferred Properties Beachside Luau Dinner Ticket
- To rent equipment, call Lazy Dog at 305-295-9898- $10 rental, donated back to Special Olympics Florida – Monroe County
- Email for Vendor Info – Limited spaces available
Looking for a Hotel? The following have room blocks with reduced prices for our event.
- Our Event Hotel: Best Western Key Ambassador
Call directly and ask for Armida Averette
- The Gates Hotel
- 24 North Hotel
- Looking for a Vacation Rental? This is a fantastic way to enjoy Key West for the weekend!
Preferred Properties Key West -The sponsor of our Beachside Luau also haas some great deals on home rentals for groups! Call 305-294-3040
Wendy Zintsmaster & Team – Best of Key West Rentals. Call Regan Butler at 305-292-2244 ext. 104.
We look forward to seeing you at the event!