Gliding down a river or creek on a standup paddleboard or kayak feels a little like walking on water. The green-blue water glints beneath you, the sun exhales hot breath on your shoulders, and a respite from the heat lies just a toe dangle away.
Need a little close encounter with the river this weekend? Head to The Expedition School for the annual Colorado River Ramble SUP, Canoe and Kayak Race.
The event, designed to help Austin residents enjoy and learn more about river recreation opportunities, includes a kids 1K race, a 1K Battle of the Paddle sprint race and a 1.5-mile Family Fun race, plus 5K and 10K races for more serious paddlers.
The event is scheduled for 4-10 p.m. Saturday in the lagoon in Fiesta Gardens, 34 Robert Martinez Drive. Parking is available onsite in the parking lot near the baseball fields and along the street.
Registration is open through Friday night for timed races and awards. If you don’t care about that, you can still enter the day of the event. Packet pickup is from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at The Expedition School.
The Kids 1K starts at 5 p.m., followed by the 10K at 7 p.m., the 5K at 7:30 p.m. and the 1.5 mile Family Fun Paddle at 7:20 p.m. Live music, awards and a luau begin at 9 p.m. Paddlers of all ability levels are welcome.
No vessel to paddle? No problem. The Expedition School rents standup paddleboards, canoes and kayaks, plus paddles and life jackets. The Expedition School, under the direction of Kimery Duda, is located at 2100 Jesse E. Segovia Street.
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