• Gig Harbor Paddler's Cup

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    Name: Gig Harbor Paddler's Cup
    Date: April 23, 2022 - April 24, 2022
    Event Description:
    The Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup is the premier event for Pacific Northwest paddle enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. Organized by the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team, this annual community event features paddle racing for kayaks, canoes, stand up and prone paddleboards, outriggers, para-canoes, and dragon boats. Race proceeds benefit the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization committed to introducing youth to the sport of Olympic Sprint Canoe and Kayak Racing. Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team has a history of excellence, producing multiple national champions and world-class athletes. The team won the USA National Team Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021. COVID Requirements Participants will follow COVID guidelines as required by Washington State and Pierce County at time of event. For Sunday’s Dragon Boat races, all participants are required to be fully vaccinated.
    Skansie Park
    3211 Harborview Dr
    Gig Harbor, WA 98335
    Date/Time Information:
    Inner Harbor Race Day SATURDAY (Skansie Brothers Park) SCHEDULE:

    7:30 – 8:30 am: Inner Harbor Race On-site Registration Open
    8:00 am: Safety Boat Drivers Meet with Marine Patrol (Dock)
    8:15 am: 2k Youth Inner Harbor Distance Pre-race Meeting
    8:30 am: National Anthem
    9:00 am: 2k Youth Inner Harbor Distance Race (ages 13 and under)
    9:30 am: 5k/10k Inner Harbor Distance Pre-race Meeting
    10:00 am: 5k/10k Inner Harbor Distance Race
    12:15 pm: Sprint Knock-off Races Pre-race Meeting
    12:30 pm: 100m Sprint Knock-off Races Begin
    2 pm: Awards Presentation Dragon Boat Race Day

    SUNDAY (Skansie Brothers Park) SCHEDULE:
    Team Practice – Land & Water Training 8:30 – 10:00 am:
    Team Practice Round 9:30 – 11:00 am:
    Team Practice Round 10:30 – 12:00:
    Team Practice Round 12:00 – 12:30 pm:
    Break in Skansie Park…Time to hydrate & eat! 1
    2:15 pm: “Awaken the Dragon” Ceremony – Watch this traditional ceremony to kick off the race and honors the dragon and paddlers 12:30 – 12:45 pm:
    All Paddler Safety Briefing (all paddlers must attend) – Skansie Park 12:45 – 1:00 pm:
    Team Captain, Drummer, Steers MANDATORY mtg.
    Race #1 1:00 – 1:30 pm Teams to Marshaling (be at marshaling 30 min before race)
    1:30 pm Heat 1
    1:42 pm Heat 2
    1:54 pm Heat 3
    2:06 pm Heat 4

    Race #2 1:50 – 2:25 pm Teams to Marshaling (be at marshaling 20-30 min before race)
    2:18 pm Heat 5
    2:30 pm Heat 6
    2:42 pm Heat 7
    2:54 pm Heat 8

    Break 3:30 pm Championship Round (Top 3 Teams)
    3:45 pm Awards and Festival Closing
    Contact Information:
    paddlerscup@ghckrt.com www.gigharborpaddlerscup.com
    Inner Harbor 2k Youth (age 13 and under): $20 (optional entry into Inner Harbor 10k or 5k for additional $15. Sprint Knock Offs included free of charge.) Inner Harbor 10k or 5k: $35 (includes optional entry in Sprint Knock Offs) 100m Sprint Knock Offs: $0 (included with registration in any of the other races.) Dragon Boat Fee: $750
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