Get Ready for the Annual Paddle at the Park May 11!


Paddle at the ParkThe 12th Annual Paddle at the Park, sponsored by HCA Florida Destin Emergency, will take place in the Gulf of Mexico behind The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, Saturday, May 11. It features 1- and 3-mile recreational races, a 6-mile elite race and a kids’ fun out-and-back paddle, to be followed by awards. Kayaks and inflatables are welcome, too.
Registration is now open on (

Race Start Times
9 a.m. – 3/6-mile races start
10:15 a.m. – 1-mile race starts
10:45 a.m. – kids’ fun race (for ages 12 & under only) starts

Awards will be presented directly following the last race to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners, as well as the 1st place winner for 50+ in the following categories:
1-Mile Beginner – Men’s, Women’s, Men’s Inflatable, Women’s Inflatable
3-Mile Recreational – Men’s Displacement, Women’s Displacement, Men’s Surfstyle, Women’s Surfstyle, Men’s Other*, Women’s Other*
6-Mile Elite – Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite
*The Other category includes kayaks and outrigger canoes.

The names of the top male and top female in the 6-Mile Race will be placed on the Destin SUP Cup. The overall top male and female in the 1-Mile, 3-Mile, and 6-Mile races will also win some awesome BOTE lifestyle products and gift cards from Saltwater Restaurants!
The top boy and girl in the Kids Fun Paddle will win a BOTE Youth t-shirt and hat.

Registration is now open at Pricing is as follows:
1-Mile Beginner – $45 until May 10 / $55 on May 11
3-Mile Recreational – $50 until May 10 / $60 on May 11
6-Mile Elite – $65 until May 10 / $75 on May 11
Kids’ Fun Race – $12 (This price does not include a race shirt.)

Race Packet Pickup
Packets are available for pick up at the Destin Chamber, located at 4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A, in Destin, on Friday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. They may be picked up at the Racer Welcome Party and on the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m., at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.

Additional sponsorships are available! Contact Gretchen at (850) 837-6241, email for details.

The Destin Chamber thanks its race partners BOTE and The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island; title sponsor HCA Florida Destin Emergency; platinum sponsor Destin – Fort Walton Beach; silver sponsor Eglin Federal Credit Union; bronze sponsor The Island Resort at Fort Walton Beach; and media sponsor Destin Life!

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