A Festival for
The Lake Mary Jane Paddlefest is Orlando’s Largest, most inclusive SUP Race for Chronic Paddlers. Our mission is to build and connect the paddle community with a fun, charitable, and eco-minded event for all. We have spectator and family-friendly paddle races for every experience/competitive level, age, and paddle craft. Benefitting Orlando Surfrider Foundation.
Plus a giant slip'n slide, beer, Red Bull Soundtruck, food and icecream, lawn games, playground, raffle, kids crafts, social paddle, paddle demos and clinic, SUP yoga class, happy hour party, Sunday Funday at the Springs, and more!
“There are a few races that nail the community aspect and this sits atop the leaderboard. Every year, they find a way to include everyone, raise awareness and enthusiasm for their causes and still pound out a competitive race with top paddlers… and don’t forget the fun!”
- Distressed Mullet.
New This Year
Sunday Funday at the Springs and River Clean UP:
You asked for it, and we’re providing! Join us on Sept. 22 for Sunday Funday at the Springs! Our guided paddle tour will take you through the jungle, atop Florida’s famous crystal-clear waterways where water flows from the aquifer (underground) to the surface. We’ll stop to refresh and dive into turquoise swimming holes so clear you’ll feel like you’re in a giant aquarium. Don’t miss this adventure! All paddle craft welcome or rent a SUP, first come first serve. Details below.
All paddle craft welcome!
Stand Up Paddleboard, Prone Paddleboards, Kayak, Outrigger, Surf Ski, etc.
All may race for time with awards based on participation (at least 5 participants registered in each class).
September 20-22, 2019 (See below for full event schedule)
Isle of Pines Association Park
13694 Lake Mary Jane Rd
Orlando, FL 32832
When turning Left on Lake Mary Jane Rd from Moss Park Rd, the park will be 3mi down on the right (just after Flo Rd. on the left & just before Nell Dr.) – marked by vertical flags and sign.
1 mi "Green" for brand spankin’ new competitors
10k "Hippies" Relay for 2 person teams - all men, all women, or co-ed, using the same 1-person paddlecraft
10k Albert Cichra Builder's "Dough" for solo competitors out to win that sweet sweet cash
Albert Cichra Builder's "Mo'Bread" Drag Race for competitors wanting two chances to win that sweet sweet cash with a short sprint
"Nugget Race" free for Kids ages 13 years and younger
"Tug Life" Relay free for those that like to have the most fun and live the tug life
To participate in the "Mo' Bread" Drag Race, you must also compete in either 10k Dough or Hippies Relay. Click the appropriate button below and within the registration you'll be prompted to answer "Participate in the Mo' Bread Drag Race?". Click "yes" and the entry fee will be added at checkout.
Tug Life Relay and Kids Nugget courses are FREE and will be registered on site at check in.
1 mile "Green", 10k "Hippies" Relay, or 10k "Dough" Courses
Register by Aug 20:
1mi Green = $30
10k Hippies Relay = $40
10k Dough = $60
Register by Sept 20:
1mi Green = $40
10k Hippies Relay = $50
10k Dough = $70
Drag Race Sprint "Mo' Bread"
10k Relay or Dough + Drag Race Sprint = $20 additional fee
$15 additional fee - pay online with CC only (from our IPad or your mobile device)
Kids "Nugget" and "Tug Life" Relay Free with on site registration
Day of registration is online and with credit card only via the registration links below using your home computer, mobile device, or on-site iPads.
SUP Yoga Class
Suggested donation of $20 including rental gear, $10 BYOBoard. All proceeds given to Orlando Surfrider.
$20 each for prepaid rentals.
$30 each for day of (First come, first serve).
To reserve a rental SUP (displacement and planing boards available) please contact Jessica Cichra: Jessica@WaveOfWellness.net, or text 850-445-8348.
It is our priority to partner with a charity who focuses on education, preservation and conservation of our local waterways in which we love to play and paddle. #LMJFest2019 is proud to benefit Orlando Surfrider Foundation, who does just that. They are a local, nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the ocean, waves, beaches, lakes and rivers through programs like Rise Above Plastics, Ocean Friendly Gardens, Blue Water Task Force, and Know Your H2O.
Schedule of Events
Seacoast Bank Happy Hour Party
Friday, September 20 at 5p
Location: Wave of Wellness 13936 Marine Dr. Orlando, FL 32832
Hangout with friends, relax and enjoy the sunset at our lakeside location. Including SUP clinic at 6p (details below), social sunset paddle at 7:30p, happy hour with beer and pizza, race registration and raffle drawing.
SUP Clinic with SeaFit Coaching Solutions
Friday, September 20 at 6p
Paddling for Speed and Efficiency - An approximately hour long clinic focused on improving the technique of paddlers of all skill levels to help them achieve more speed across a greater distance with their paddling. The clinic will be comprised of a land based portion focused on general paddle principles, that will progress into on water implementation, and practice. Finally, each paddler will receive one on one time and be given specific cues and "homework" to help them be a better overall paddler.
$40 each. Racers sign up at registration link, non-racers contact Jessica at Jessica@waveofwellness.net.
Free Kids SUP Clinic by Dylan Geiger
Saturday, September 21 at 11:30a
Welcome all kids! Come learn to stand up paddle (or improve your skills). Boards and equipment will be provided at no additional charge. We'll have fun but we'll learn a lot too. Things we'll cover and practice...
* Proper equipment
* Safety and understanding weather/water conditions
* Paddle stroke basics and technique
* Board balance and turning
* Practice what we've learned (aka we'll get on the boards and have some fun on the water)
* Q & A
All levels and abilities welcome! No experience needed but you must be able to swim!!! Day of sign up at the registration desk.
SUP Yoga with Jodi Ascherman
Saturday, September 21 at 12p:
Never tried yoga? No problem, this class is designed for ALL levels! Connect with yourself, your breath, nature, and all the chronic paddlers of the Lake Mary Jane Paddlefest. Do you need to stretch it out after your race, or simply give your body the love it deserves? We will do that! Sky above, water below, breathe in, breathe out……..ALL proceeds will be donated to the cause (Suggested donation $20 including board rental, or $10 BYOBoard). Space is limited. Racers sign up at registration link, non-racers contact Jessica at Jessica@waveofwellness.net.
Saturday, September 21
Location: Isle of Pines Association Park
13694 Lake Mary Jane Rd
Orlando, FL 32832
Race Check-in Time
7am-8am (Day Of Registration ends at 8am)
Captains Meeting Time
Race Start Times
9am: We will begin promptly with 10k races followed by 1mi at 11a, Drag Race Sprint at 11:30a, Kids Race at 12p, and Tug Life Relay at 12:15p.
Free Kids SUP Clinic by Dylan Geiger 11:30a
SUP Yoga 12:30pm - after all race courses are completed
Lunch 12:30pm Athlete’s lunch following completion of all races
Live Music & Entertainment 12:30pm
Awards Ceremony and Raffle 1:30pm
*all times are estimated and subject to change according to weather conditions and race duration.
Sunday Funday at the Springs & River Cleanup
Sunday, September 22 at 8a-11:30a
Location: Rainbow River - KP Hole Launch
We’ll meet early at the launch site to have the best experience on the river and to ensure parking as the lot gets full quick. Paddling upstream atop crystal-clear water, you’ll experience Florida’s tropical flora and fauna, and wildlife including birds, reptiles, fish, and the occasional otter. We’ll reach the head spring where we can dive into turquoise waters and refresh. They enjoy a nice, relaxing, leisurely float or paddle back, stopping at swimming holes and snorkeling along the way. We’ll also be cleaning up the river as we go using buckets and trash pickers from Orlando Surfrider to leave this beautiful place better than we found it. Once we get back we’ll refuel at Swampy’s riverfront restaurant just a short drive away.
Tickets are $65 including SUP rental (contact us for reservation - first come, first serve) or $35 BYOPaddle Craft - both tickets include your launch fee and guided tour. Racers sign up at registration link, non-racers contact Jessica at Jessica@waveofwellness.net.
Divisions,Categories & Awards
Only the most competitive (highest participation) categories have age groups including: 10k Cash Money SUP 12’6 and 14'.
10k Dough SUP
17 & under
12 & under
Board Classes and other Paddle Craft Categories
Over 14’. Placement awards given for 10k Cash Money only.
Displacement hull/race/touring board
Displacement hull/race/touring board
12’6 and under planing/non-displacement hull
SUP with your Nug
Any SUP with parent paddling and child riding
12’6 and under
14' and over. Placement awards given for 10k Cash Money only
Other Paddle Craft Categories
K1, K2, OC 1, OC 2, and Surf Ski.
Don’t see your paddle craft division? Contact us and we’ll add it.
Awards for the top 3 finishers in each class.
Hippies Relay awards: all SUP categories will be grouped into 14' and under for men, women, and co-ed teams.
Only the most competitive (highest participation) categories have age group awards including: 10k Solo SUP 12’6 and 14'.
Prize Money Purse
10k Dough SUP Racers Only
Top 3 Overall Men and Women 14' & under
1st place – $300
2nd place – $200
3rd place – $100
Mo’Bread Drag Race Sprint
First Across the line Woman and Man SUP 14' & under
1st place – $250
And, First Across the line Woman and Man Sit down paddlers
1st place - $100
Big thanks to Albert Cichra Builders for sponsoring the Money Races! *must have 5 participants in each category for prize money
We have a special group rate at Holiday Inn Express Lake Nona for $125.00 per night for Friday 9/20 and Saturday 9/21. This also includes breakfast and airport shuttle if needed. Just 20 minutes drive from event site: Google Map
Last day to book: 8/30/19
Moss Park - Just 3 miles drive (and an even shorter paddle distance across the lake) on Lake Mary Jane, this beautiful oak lined park is an affordable amd natural lodging option for primitive and RV camping. For reservations, call 407-254-6840.
Want to improve your stand up paddling and racing technique?
Join us for Maui Jim’s Paddle Race Tuesdays - Lake Mary Jane Race Training Edition! These officially timed and directed races are held in the same location and emulate the 1mi, 10k, Relays, Drag Race Sprint, and Kids courses to prepare you for the big day. A great way to train with a group, practice technique, and experiment with different gear. Each entry earns a free raffle ticket to win an LMJ Fest race course entry.
Date: Tuesdays August 20th-September 17th.
Location: Wave of Wellness
13936 Marine Dr Orlando, FL 32832
Sponsorship, Vendor & Volunteer Opportunities
With an expected 120+ participants with 250 people in attendance at Orlando’s largest SUP race, your company's involvement at this event is a smart and beneficial opportunity for your brand. We offer several sponsorship levels that are sure to fit your needs, and accept gift-in-kind donations to help support this event. We are looking for valuable volunteers to help run this race smoothly and efficiently. Volunteers receive a SWAG bag, event souvenir, and lunch. For more information on how you can become involved, please contact Jessica at Jessica@waveofwellness.net. Mahalo in advance!
2019 Festival Sponsors and Vendors - Thank You!
2018 Race Recap & Results
The 7th year was the best year ever!
“Last weekend, the 7th Annual 2018 Lake Mary Jane Paddlefest in Orlando, Florida welcomed 132 total registered paddlers from all over the US—including Massachusetts, DC, and Tennessee— to one of the most fun events of the year.
There were a number of events including a 10K and 1 mi Green, the Homies Relay race, a drag race with one paddler pulling another and of course, the Kids Nugget Race where the future of SUP shreds.
There are a few races that nail the community aspect and this sits atop the leaderboard. Every year, they find a way to include everyone, raise awareness and enthusiasm for their causes and still pound out a competitive race with top paddlers… and don’t forget the fun!” - Distressed Mullet.