September 27, 2009: Round the Rock – Mercer Island SUP Race

Just found out about this stand up paddleboard race going on Sunday September 27, 2009 at Mercer Island, an island that sits between Seattle and Bellevue down in Washington.

Round the Rock” is shaping up to becoming the premier Stand Up Paddle event in the Pacific Northwest.

The first course for the “Round the Rock” entails circumnavigating Mercer Island on Lake Washington. While 13 miles (around 21 km) may seem like a great distance, a novice paddler can cover the course at a leisurely 4-5 hours. More experienced paddlers may break the 3 hour mark.,

They’ll also have a 2.5 mile (just over 4km) short course race which will begin after most competitors have finished the full course… Hardcore paddlers may decide to enter both! Of course a variety of factors will affect times including size of board, weight of the rider, and wind conditions.The last factor no one can control, but barring a hurricane or thunderstorm, this event will go on!

All proceeds will benefit Surfrider Foundation.

Click here for the event website!

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