The Battle on the Blueway 2018 will be held June 9th, on the gulf side of Fort Myers Beach, FL.
This sanctioned WPA points event will feature two distance races (7 mile, 2 mile), a kids' and Special Olympic race, a demo day, vendors displaying paddle merchandise, and great raffles: 2 YOLO Beach bikes, a new paddle board to name a few.
We contacted Mike Hammond at ‘The Great Calusa Blueway’ about the event and he told us that the event is set up as a paddle board race but all “paddle” vessels are welcome to enter, they already have single outrigger canoes entered and kayaks as well.
Registration will begin at 7:30am and the first race: The Ron Jon Pro Race, a 7 mile race, will start at 9am, followed shortly thereafter by the 2 mile race. (actually a little less than 2 miles)
The race will start at Crescent Beach Park on Fort Myers Beach and head north past the pier, paddlers will turn around near the Best Western Hotel and head back to Crescent Beach Park, with the 7 mile pro competitors doing 4 laps.
Spectators can watch anywhere along the beach between the park and the hotel but a great place to watch the whole race will be on the pier.
The awards ceremony will be held at Crescent Beach Park following the pro race.
This event is part of the Fastest in Florida which consist of 8 SUP races in the state of Florida giving points to the top 5 finishers.
One of our local paddlers is leading in points for the women. Great job Cindy Welton Gibson and good luck!
This is a safe family oriented event that will have safety crews, the Fire Dept, and life guards on hand with a festival atmosphere that brings paddling and Florida's native wildlife and Calusa heritage together. Benefiting Lee County Special Olympics.