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MERAMEC MARATHON CHEERLEADING PADDLE from George Winter Park, LAUNCH AT 9:00 AM
October 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
WE’RE THE UN-OFFICIAL, SELF-APPOINTED CHEERLEADERS OF THIS GREAT RACE. If you have pom-poms or stupid stuff to wave around, bring them. Nothing that is going to blow out into the water and become litter.
The Alpine Shop is doing their yearly 20 mile marathon race from Valley Park to Arnold. We will do a shorter paddle, an up and back paddle from George Winter Park to Minnie Ha Ha. No hurry, not much work. We try to get good pics to post on the official website for paddlers.
Plan is to paddle upstream first about 1.5 miles to Minnie Ha Ha, then back. We’ll have a sandbar or two to sit and cheer. We usually just sit in our kayaks and make noise as the racers go by. We can paddle around the lake too, if we want more miles at the end. Plenty of sandbars to stop and let the pups do their potty thing.
If you want to participate in the actual race, it is on our meetup calendar as a separate event. Sponsored by Alpine Shop.
Dogs okay here, they must wear PFD at all times.
Humans must have PFD aboard, wearing it is optional.
Okay for INTEX “greenies” and beginner paddlers.
This is a safe, current free part of the river. But there are lots of big boats and jetskis. And an occasional Asian Carp. I “caught” my first Asian Carp here last year when it landed in my kayak during a frenzy.
We will cheer on the racers and see some totally awesome kayaks. Always fun. They had to cancel this in 2020, due to Covid, but 2021 was great.
Use meetup mapping to get to Geo Winter Park. Once inside the park, go right at the “t”. You will pass the first boat ramp with a big parking lot in full sun. Keep driving to the second ramp at the end of the road. Shaded parking under the trees.
We will launch at 9:00 a.m., with or without you. Arrive early and be ready to go by then. If you’re late, catch up. We head upriver (to the left) towards Minnie Ha Ha.