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Paddling Craft Personal Challenge and Race
Presented by Paddling Pasco, Pasco County Parks & Recreation

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Check-in at Durney Key from 8:30 - 10:00 am
Captain's meeting at 10:15 am
First wave of paddlers start at 10:45 am

Register On-Line

Registration: Register on-line by clicking the button above. $25 per participant. Late registration on the island the day of the event is $25.00 (cash only).

Registration fee includes event tee shirt for at least the first 60 registered, course completion medallion, water bottle and goody bag at the end of the Course.

Launch Locations and Transportation: Nicks Park, Waterfront Park, Brasher Park or Gill Dawg. Scheduled shuttle trips to the island will be available via Gill Dawg – Schedule and cost to be determined.

Time: Check in on the island between 8:30 am and 10:00 am. Captains meeting on the island 10:15 am. First wave of paddlers start at 10:45 am. Awards at Gill Dawg at 4:00 pm.

Race Classes and Awards (2 deep for age groups)
Age 25 and below · 26 to 35 · 36 to 50 · 51 and up · Fastest female.

DKC: (modified course) minus the 3 contact obstacles
* SUPs female and male first place
* Racing kayaks female and male first place

Waiver: All participants must read and sign a liability waiver at check in on the island. All participants must wear and PFD on the course and we strongly recommend wearing foot wear for protection when facing some of the challenges.

The 2nd Annual Durney Key Challenge is very unique 2.3 mile paddling course and race around “turn of the century” stilt houses in open water, starting and ending on a small island called Durney Key, off the Pithlachascotee (Cotee) River in Port Richey, Pasco County FL. Within the course are 10 challenges or obstacles which will test endurance, paddling skills and speed. Join us for a personal challenge or the competition of a race. Three of the obstacles will involve contact with floating objects. See video on Paddling Pasco facebook page or Paddling Pasco website.

Challenges and obstacles:

1. Left Turn – counter clockwise circle around stilt house #8
2. Right Turn – clockwise circle around stilt house #9 – head towards stilt house #7
3. In and Out - must get completely out of or off your paddling craft and then back in or on, inside an area marked with 4 buoys
4. Bumps – must get over a series of 5 floating logs or pipes
5. Slalom – must weave between series of floats going forward
6. Portage – must exit boat and get boat over floating dock and get back in
7. Zig – Zag – must navigate between buoys going forward and backwards several times
8. Narrows – must squeeze your boat through tight floating pipes
9. Switchbacks – must navigate through a series of very tight turns around buoys
10. Finish – must carry or drag your boat across land thru the finish line on the island

This is a fundraising program to support the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund.

If there are any questions, please contact the Pasco County Parks and Recreations Department at 813-929-2760.

If you are looking to make a weekend of it, be sure to also register for the Salt Springs Classic Kayak Race & Fun Paddle, held by Salt Springs Alliance - which will be held on Sunday, April 27th, the day after the Durney Key Challenge.  And also visit the Pasco Paddlepalooza website for complete details of other events happening over the weekend

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