Willamette SUP Cup
Sunday, May 5, 2019
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Welcome to the Willamette SUP Cup!
This annual event takes place at the beautiful George Rogers Park on the Willamette River on Sunday, May 5th. See the aerial map below for a diagram of the venue for parking and staging directions. Please note that this is a public park and we are not permitted for exclusive use of the park. It's vital we be considerate of other park patrons.
Courses & Categories
Once again, we're offering two race distances – 6.7 and 4.5 miles.
6.7 Mile Course description and map
Any SUP race over 6 miles is going to be tough, but this one is especially challenging given it's early in the season and we're often treated to significant river current this time of year. Fortunately, the beauty and complexity of the course does wonders to distract racers from the work at hand. Racers will first head south to Hog Island where they'll round the island in a counter clockwise direction. Once around, you'll quickly recognize the current is now in your favor and your speed will nearly double on your way to the railroad bridge on the north end of the course. Take care rounding the bridge support in a clockwise direction and quickly make your way to the east bank of the river to escape the current. The upstream leg back to Hog Island is, well, a grind. Here's a bit of a twist....the direction you choose to round Hog Island the second time around is yours to make! Some prefer CW, some prefer CCW. This decision can prove strategic if there is still a tight pack at the front of the race. Once around, it's a drag race to the finish.
4.5 Mile Course description
The 4.5 mile course will go to Hog Island and back, two times!
We will award the top 3 finishers to Men and Women in each of the races in the following age categories:
39 and under
The only board class restriction is a max length of 14' for men and women. Drafting is allowed, no restrictions. If you can catch it, draft it.
We don't offer a Kids Race at this event given the chilly river temps. We will have a race for the groms at our Rose City SUP Classic event on September 1st when we have warm water, mellow current and plenty of beach.
ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON!
Cost of the 4 and 6 miles races paid online is $40, or $45 on race day. Fees include a commemorative shirt (always a "keeper," so we're told), lunch (for racers only) and a raffle ticket for killer swag donated by our sponsors.
We have some truly great sponsors helping to make this event awesome. All racers will receive a free raffle ticket and if you PRE-REGISTER you'll receive two chances to win some amazing swag. At Gorge events, everyone can win, not just the fast folks at the front of the pack :-)
Race Day Schedule
8:00 Registration opens. We will have credit card capability on-site, but bring cash/check just in case. NOTE: All pre-reg'd racers must check in on race day.
9:30 Skippers meeting
10:00 Race starts for the 4 and 6 mile events.
12:30 Awards & Lunch (Please note, the lunch included with entry fee is for racers only. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch for the family!)
We do have a wide selection of demo race boards available to rent. Rental fee includes on-site delivery. Call in advance to reserve your board. 503-246-6646.
Invasive Species permits are required by law in Oregon. We won't be checking, but the USCG is aware of our event and may surprise us with a social call, so let's all be compliant. We'll have permits for sale on site or anytime at the shop. $7 for an annual permit, $13 for two years.
PFDs are required. We recommend the belt style PFDs for racing. Leashes are not required but are highly recommended. The river current can be quite strong this time of year and your board could easily get away from you if you take a spill. Let's be safe out there, people.
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