Monroe County

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!

Races Hosted by Lazy Dog 

Awards Sponsored by  Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar and Restaurant
Banquet Sponsored by Preferred Properties
Finish Line Sponsored by Lower Keys Medical Center and Medical Group          

Join the fun as a Sponsor!
Sponsorship Packet

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.

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)

5:30 pm- 7:00 pm Preferred Properties Beachside Luau and dance celebration with DJ and music provided by Historic Tours of America (our FUN Sponsor)

  • 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,

Raffle tickets for some awesome prizes will be sold all weekend! Be sure to get your tickets.
Keep updated on our Facebook Page or join the Facebook event

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:

Looking for a Hotel?  The following have room blocks with reduced prices for our event.

  • Special Olympics Athletes

    Fill out this form if you are a Special Olympics athlete wanting to participate in the Monroe County SUP Invitational.
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We look forward to seeing you at the event!