Paddle Battle 2019

Third Annual Maine Lakes Open Paddle Battle!
Saturday, July 6th – 2019 Registration is Now Open!

at Tarry A While Resort on beautiful Highland Lake in Bridgton, Maine

To benefit the Lakes Environmental Association


Race Info and Schedule:

After the success of the last couple of years we  are at it again!  We had some fabulous paddlers in 2018 and the weather was superb but I have to start with the venue…  Tarry-A-While Resort on Highland Lake is pretty much the perfect spot.  There is a little cove to start in and the grassy pine grove is an ideal place to spend the morning.  I also have to mention how grateful we were to have committed sponsors!  Last year, we had paddle boards, ski tickets, and lots of outdoor gear and local prize baskets to raffle off.

We are, again, offering  2K  and  5K courses.  Why mess with perfection, right?   

All proceeds from this event will benefit  the Lakes Environmental Association, which is a non-profit regional association dedicated to preserving and protecting 41 lakes in southwestern Maine. You are on our website already, so feel free to poke around a little to find out what we do… If you think Maine is only about lighthouses and lobstah’, you’re missing out!  It’s time to enjoy our pristine inland waters from the vantage point of a paddle board!

Race categories

Men’s and Women’s 5K (any board length accepted)

Men’s and Women’s 2K  (12’06” boards and under only)

Age Classes 

15-35,  36-55,  56+

minimum age 15 for 2K and 5K races.  There will be a “grom” race again this year for kids in the cove! 

Tentative Schedule

8:00 Tarry A While parking opens

9:00 Racers’ Meeting

9:30 5K Race, all boards accepted – beach start

9:45 2K Short Board Only Race – beach start

11:00 Kids’ “Grom” Race in the Cove!

12:00 Awards ceremony

Rules:

  • Shoving, pushing or deliberate contact with another person or board may result in disqualification.
  • Right of way must be yielded to swimmers, slower moving craft, and larger vessels or boats.
  • Participants must have a Personal Flotation Device on board (and are recommended to wear a PFD).
  • This is a fun race; it is not a qualifying course!
  • No pets unless they are service animals.

 Recommendations:

  • There is a limited number of participants, so sign up early!
  • Wear a leash, bright clothes, a PFD, sunscreen and/or a hat.
  • Be aware of the weather and wind.
  • Carry a whistle to signal an emergency.

Registration:

  • Early Registration (before 6/17): $45 (includes T-shirt)
  • T-Shirts: $15  
  • Medals awarded up to third place in each category 
  • Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are required.  Race participants should provide their own PFDs and will forfeit their race registration if they check in without one.
  • Pre-race meeting is mandatory for all race participants.
  • To participate in the event, you will need to sign a waiver releasing LEA from liability.  Please download a copy of the waiver here and bring it to the event.  Copies will also be available race day.
  • Registration here!


Event Day Fun:

  • Paddleboard rentals available through SkiHot and Sunsports+
  • Paddleboards silent auction and raffle –  bring cash or credit card!
  • Paddleboard accessories and cool goodies raffle!
  • Kids’ Race at 11am in the cove!
  • LEA vs Loon Echo Land Trust race?

Course Layout

Both courses will have beach starts on the east side of Highland Lake, at Tarry A While Resort beach. The starts will be staggered and there will be 2K and 5K triangular courses. Below is an interactive map of the courses:

Download a PDF of the course layout here


Event Venue

The 2019 Paddle Battle Maine Lakes Open Paddleboard Race will be held at beautiful Tarry A While Resort on the east side of Highland Lake in Bridgton.  This picturesque resort has stunning views of Highland Lake and Pleasant Mountain and offers both privacy and large spaces for gathering.

Tarry A While Resort is located at 17 Tarry A While Road in Bridgton, Maine, which is across from the Highlands Country Club on Highland Road.  

 

Paddleboard Raffle

Lake Region Paddle has generously donated a 12′ Jimmy Styks Blue Heron board (pictured here) to be raffled off. Tickets are $10 each and the board is valued at $700, so it’s an easy investment. If you would like to purchase tickets (1/$10; 3/$20; 7/$40; 20/$100) please click here. The winner will be drawn at the Paddle Battle on July 6 but you do not need to be present to win.


All proceeds benefit the Lakes Environmental Association lake protection and education programs.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Lakes Environmental Association, 230 Main Street, Bridgton, Maine, 04009