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Gear Up for the 4th Annual Mermaid Chase!

Join us for our 4th annual Mermaid Chase Paddling Race along our Bayport Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail! Proceeds from the race are used for marine and coastal education and restoration projects in Hernando County.

Click here to register!

Race Details
Participants will launch from the floating dock at Linda Pedersen Park and paddle a 3.5-mile loop along our coastal paddling trail. Participants will be released by corrals to prevent overcrowding of the trail and must finish the race within three hours of start.

This race is open to kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. No motorized vessels or pedals can be used during the race. We are offering the option to rent only kayaks (and associated equipment) at the race.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers for the following divisions: male (single occupant vessel), female (single occupant vessel), tandem (double occupant vessel), paddle board, and team relay.

T-shirts are limited.

Division winners of the 2019 Mermaid Chase Paddling Race with our official Weeki Wachee Mermaid!

NEW Additions this year!
1) Kayak relay race division! Are you up for the challenge? This year, race participants will have the option of a kayak relay race after they complete the 3.5-mile paddling trail. Relay teams are limited to two vessels per team. The teams will be challenged to complete a timed obstacle course near the floating dock. There is an entry fee of $10 per team. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to cheer you on! Relay race participants must complete the Mermaid Chase Paddling Race to qualify for the challenge.

2) Professional race photo packages! Available for purchase after race is completed.

Packet Pickup
Saturday (4/18/2020) from 9:00am until 9:30am at 6400 Shoal Line Blvd., Spring Hill, Florida (race location).

Note: Limited to kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards. Single occupant male / female divisions limited to vessels containing one participant. Tandem divisions limited to no more than two vessel occupants. Participants who choose to provide their own equipment for the race must bring a life vest and whistle. All participants are required to sign a waiver for the event. Waiver must be signed by participant and/or guardian (if under 18 years of age) during packet pickup.

Prices increase on 3/6/2019!

Online registration closes 4/15/2019. On-site registration on race day will occur between 9:00-9:30 am.

*Double occupancy ticket covers registration for both paddlers in the SAME double occupancy kayak.

To become an event sponsor or for additional questions, contact Brittany Scharf (bhallscharf@ufl.edu) at 352.754.4433.

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