Bringing Community Together for a Good Cause
Connecting our community, getting people on the water for a good time, and giving back is our mission, in which the 6th Annual Lake Mary Jane Paddlefest was a success! Offering fun activities for all experience levels, ages and paddle craft within a spectator and family friendly environment, this festival captured attention, including a variety of paddle craft and participation, even with the untimely arrival of hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria.
As a paddle “festival” this year we offered 6 competitive race courses with awards ceremony, SUP foil demo, social paddle with surfski demo, movie screening of Plastic Ocean, SUP fitness circuit, Zup board rides, raffle drawing, tacos and beer, paddleboard demos, vendors, live dj, slip n slide, lawn games and more! From our collective efforts we proudly donated partial proceeds to Above the Wake, a non profit organization that provides positive watersports experiences to kids living with Autism and cognitive delays.
The success of every charitable event depends greatly on it's donors, vendors, sponsors, participants, and volunteers and we couldn't have done it without your effort and contributions - a heartfelt “Thank You” goes out to all!
2016 Race Features
- 110 athletes total = 100 adults + 10 kids.
- Approximately 200 people in attendance (non sponsors/vendors).
- 14 vendors, 13 sponsors.
- Wave of Wellness proudly donated to Above the Wake.
Still wondering what at Tug Life Relay is all about? We'll see you next year at the 7th Annual Lake Mary Jane Paddlefest on September 21-22, 2018 - SAVE THE DATE!
2017 Race Results & Media
Save the Date:
7th Annual Lake Mary Jane Paddlefest: September 21-22, 2018
2016 Race Recap
By Jeramie Vaine
FEEL GOOD: I've been to a lot of SUP races. Wakeboard contests. Hockey Tournaments. Events. The ones that bring us back year after year are the ones that tap into something close to our hearts. It is a feel good vibe. Laughs. Smiles. High fives. Don’t get me wrong we all love some great competition. But the whole package is what seals the deal. And seeing smiling faces. That is just the icing on the cake. This is the case in Orlando Florida.
The sport of stand up paddling is a unique one. There is no demographic. Everyone can paddle. Kids. Adults. Dogs. It doesn’t matter. And at the Lake Mary Jane Paddle Race this is showcased. Jessica Cichra and her amazing team put together an event focussed on fun. There is competition. But it is more about supporting each other. Camaraderie. Community. Great times. Getting everyone out on the water. Laughing. Kids. Doing something for others. It is all wrapped up in this event.
MORE THAN A RACE: Friday night brings paddlers together. It is a meet and great. Raffles. Food. Drinks. Social paddle. A fun way to kick off the weekend of paddling with great friends. It softens the edge on the competition side. Paddlers get to decompress from their week of work. Meet new friends and share stories. The emphasis is on the community. Getting together. Paddling. There is food and beverages. And all for a donation. This year the donations went to something close to Jessica and the Orlando community. The fund set up for the tragedy at the Pulse Night Club. The One Orlando Fund.
RACE DAY: It started with the rise of the sun. The Lake Mary Jane Paddle Race opened the gates to visitors bright and early. Smiling faces. Hellos. Friendly greetings. From everyone. And just like the curtain revealing the stage at a play. The sunrise shined on the event. Scaffolding appeared at the finish line. Banners hung around the venue. The sponsor support showcased in a grand fashion. The registration line snaked around the pavilion. Paddlers received their race numbers. Packets. Drink tickets. Food tickets. Raffle Tickets. The tables at registration. Overflowed with raffle prizes. There was something for everyone to win. Whether you paddled. Or were the super fan.
The races. Designed for all levels of paddlers. A kids race. One mile race. Three mile race. Six mile race. A drag race. And the crowd favorite. Tug Life relay. Just under a 100 paddlers took to the water. All types of crafts were paddled. Inflatables. Raceboards. All around shapes. Kids boards. Surfskis. Outrigger Canoes. The conditions could not have been any better. Blue sky. Sunshine. Glassy water. Mother Nature delivered in perfect fashion. Making for an even more inviting experience.
THE FUN: One thing that this event caters to is the fun aspect. The races itself are good times. But the Tug Life Relay, Slip ‘N Slide and Kid’s Race. Well they just put the exclamation point on the fun. And the kids. Once again stole the show. Paddling around the course in their race. They also showed the bigger kids how to enjoy the Slip ‘N Slide. As well fully enjoy the days events.
GROWTH: For three years I’ve been attending this event. Every year it grows. The paddlers get younger. And older. Everyone paddles. People travel from all across the state. As well as some far lands to support this event. And what Jessica has created. I had the opportunity to speak to Jessica the other night after the race. Even with the dust just settling from the day. She is already marching ahead on next years race. What she told me. “Expect even more fun.” Keep an eye on what lies ahead. And posts from the weekend on the Lake Mary Jane Paddle Race Facebook Page.
Read Jeramie's original blog post here.
Jeramie Vaine’s Bio: Jeramie is a Professional Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Athlete, CorePower Yoga 200-hour Power Yoga certified instructor, SUP Yoga Instructor and WPA Level 2 SUP Instructor. In 2011 he was introduced to both SUP and Yoga, where a love for a healthy, active lifestyle was born. He has been given the opportunity to share his knowledge of the benefits of SUP, SUP Yoga and yoga by teaching at Wanderlust Festivals,WPA SUP Certifications, Paddle with the Pros clinics by Werner Paddles, SUP Yoga Teacher Trainings and SUP clinics throughout North America. As an avid SUP and SUP Yoga Instructor, SUPRacer, SUP Surfer and SUP Adventurer his travels allow him to bring his passions to paddlers around the world, relating to many different demographics. Along with his travels and teachings, Jeramie’s contribution to print and online media sources as well as his social media presence has allowed him to connect with people outside of the SUP and SUP Yoga communities, introducing more people to the benefits of this lifestyle. Jeramie ‘s vision is to expose SUP, SUP Yoga, Yoga and the benefits of healthy living to people throughout the world!