By Pete Williams
Anyone who has attempted the Friends of the Wekiva River at Kings Landing Canoe and Kayak Race in the past knows it’s a challenging 8.5-mile, downstream event.
For this year’s event, which takes place Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 a.m. in Apopka, stand-up paddleboarding has been added to the mix. But it might not be an event for novice SUP enthusiasts says David Rose of Paddleboard Orlando, one of the sponsors of the event. “It’s a long course and a test of will,” he says. “There aren’t a lot of places to just pull ashore.”
History: This event goes back several years but with the growth and popularity of stand-up paddleboarding, this is the first year where SUP has been offered.
Format: Timed event, paddlers draw for start positions and leave on one-minute intervals. Organizers provide a free shuttle back to Kings Landing. Divisions include men’s race, men’s recreational, and women’s recreational. Awards to top three finishers in each class.
Schwag: T-shirt and raffle ticket to win a kayak.
Signature Feature: The Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run are one of the few remaining near-pristine river systems in Central Florida
Cost: $30 race day
Race Website: Click HERE
Comment: “This is more of an advanced course, but that’s what makes it interesting,” – David Rose, Paddleboard Orlando