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2017 Paddle Battle

WHEN: Saturday July 1, 2017 12:00 am

Maine Lakes Open Paddleboard Race
Saturday, July 1st – registration now open!

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

To benefit the Lakes Environmental Association

Registration      Race Info      Event-day Fun   Course Layout     Venue and Directions

Race Info and Schedule:

This event is the first of its kind on Maine lakes and is going to be one massive paddle board of excitement!  There is a 2K course for recreational paddlers and a 5K course for the cruizers!  There will be real competition but the race is about having fun and raising money to protect Maine’s beautiful lakes.  For this very reason, we have added a TWIST .  There is a guaranteed way to improve your time that does not involve a specialized diet or hours at the gym. For every $100 of sponsorship raised, we will take a full minute off your race time!   For a pledge form, click here. Sound too good to be true?  Well, maybe it is… But we are doing it anyway! We also know some of you die-hard board enthusiasts will sneer at this idea.  But you know what?  People pay to win all the time!  We are just doing it openly!  Hooray for transparency!  However, we will still  have medals for best (actual) time so don’t stop your core exercises if you happen to be doing them in the first place…

All proceeds from this event will benefit  the Lakes Environmental Association, which is a non-profit regional lakes association dedicated to preserving and protecting lakes.  If you think Maine is only about lobster and rocky coasts, you’re missing out!  It’s time to come see our clear and pristine inland waters from the vantage of a paddle board!

Race categories

Men’s and Women’s Longboard (longer than 12’06”)

Men’s and Women’s Shortboard  (12’06” and under)

Age Classes 

15-35,  36-55,  56+

minimum age 15


8:00 Tarry A While parking opens

8:30 Racers’ Meeting

9:30 5K Elite Long Board Race – beach start

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

12:00 Awards ceremony


  • 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).
  • You really want to win?  We will take a minute off your race time for each $100 of sponsorship raised! Start and finish time required for all medals. Pledge Form
  • This is a fun race; it is not a qualifying course!
  • No pets unless they are service animals


  • 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.


  • Advance registrations only
  • Registration: $55 (free t-shirt for first 25 )
  • T-Shirts: $20  
  • Bridgton Lions Club meal vouchers: $10
  • 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.
  • Click here to register now!

Event Day Fun:

  • Paddleboard rentals available through Sportshaus and Sunsports+
  • Paddleboard raffle- bring cash or credit card!
  • Paddleboard accessories and cool goodies raffle!

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 2017 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.  


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



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