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Up North Standup Paddleboard Classic 2019
July 20, 2019 @ 12:00 am EDT
Come paddle on some of the most pristine lakes in Michigan. Starting with a flat water race on Crystal Lake in the Morning and then a Down Wind Duel on Lake Michigan in the afternoon! CRYSTAL LAKE SUP 6 mile/3mile/1.5 mile CHALLENGEThe day’s events will start with the Crystal Lake SUP Challenge which will consist of an Elite 6 mile(2 LAPS), Recreational 3 mile(1 LAP), Junior Rec (age13-16) 3 mile, and a FREE kids race (age 7-12) 1.5 mile(1/2 LAP) All races are a Diamond Configuration Buoy Race. Children can do either the Junior Rec or the kids race, not both, and need to register for the race of their choosing. All races are held under WPA rules and will have an Open Water Start and Finish. All Racers must have a leash attached to his/her board to participate.Crystal Lake is located near Lake Michigan in Benzie County about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Traverse City and about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Frankfort. It measures approximately 2.5 by 8 miles (4 by 13 km), and has a maximum depth of 165 feet (50 m). Crystal Lake is adjacent to the southern reaches of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. All Racers must have a leash and PFD on board to participate. LAKE MICHIGAN 4.6 mile DOWNWIND DUELCome paddle off the shores of one of the most scenic areas of Lake Michigan, voted the “Most Beautiful place in America” by Good Morning America.The Downwind Duel is a 4.6 mile paddle, which will start at Point Betsie Lighthouse beach and finish on Frankfort Beach (or Frankfort to Point Betsie depending on the wind). Racers will pass by some of the beautiful sand dune bluffs that northwest Michigan is known for. This race will have a Beach Start and Finish. Exceptions may be made for younger racers on an individual basis. Please email race organizer for informationAll Racers must have a leash and PFD on board to participate.Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada. It has a surface area of 22,400 square miles (58,000 km2), making it the largest lake entirely within one country by surface area. Hydrologically it forms a single body of water with Lake Huron, the whole being called Lake Michigan–Huron; the two sides are connected through the Straits of Mackinac.