REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016, OUR 6TH ANNUAL PADDLE FOR THE BAYS: RACE CAPE COD WILL ONCE AGAIN TAKE PLACE AT ROPES BEACH IN COTUIT, MA!
WHAT: PADDLE FOR THE BAYS: RACE CAPE COD
WHEN: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Registration begins at 7:00 am, RACES begin at 9:30
WHERE: Ropes Beach, 85 Old Shore Road, Cotuit, MA 02635
Join us at Ropes Beach in Cotuit, MA and join the RACE for clean water! Paddle on one of the most beautiful courses in New England. This RACE is a test of speed and endurance for Stand Up Paddle-boarders and Kayakers on courses of varying difficulty. All ages and levels of paddlers can compete in a spirited challenge on the beautiful waters of Barnstable's Three Bays.
This year we have added a relay team to the event. A team will consist of 4 racers who will use the same kayak/board. Each racer will go the distance of approximately 1/2 mile for a total of 2 miles.
Three Bays Preservation is also celebrating our 20th Anniversary! In honor of this feat, we would like to give you the choice of how to enter the RACE. You may pay the flat fee of $95.00 (Youth is $45.00) and enter the RACE. OR, you may partner with us and fundraise for the Bays and clean water research. When you register as a fundraiser, you will receive a fundraising page that you can customize to your liking. If you raise enough money to match or exceed your registration of $95.00, your fee will be waived. If you don't reach your goal, you'll be charged the difference. Don't worry, you don't have to fundraise, you can just register and pay the fee. Either way, we appreciate your support.
We have some amazing prizes for the top 3 fundraisers!!
This year we also have cash prizes for some of the Racers!!
Why do we hold this RACE?
People ask us all the time why we hold this RACE. The answer is simple. The waters of the Three Bays of Cotuit Bay, North Bay and West Bay along with the associated rivers, lakes, streams and inlets have become increasingly degraded over the years. We are seeing a major increase in the amount of nitrogen entering into our waterways, mostly from septic systems, road runoff and fertilizers. This increased nitrogen has caused an explosion of algae and aquatic plants growing in our bays. This growth depletes the oxygen levels in the water that slowly kills off fish and shellfish. We hold this RACE to bring awareness to our watershed. The number one comment we get from racers every year is that this is the most beautiful course ever! We want to insure that we leave these waters better for the generations following after us.
IF WE DON'T DO THIS, WHO WILL?
Please visit our website to read about the exciting projects we have undertaken in the past year. Not only will your fundraising efforts and support help us to bring back the pristine nature of the Three Bays, but our success with our projects can be replicated by other communities who face the same issues.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
Registration to the RACE also includes the Official RACE dinner with entertainment and door prizes. The dinner will be held at Veteran's Hall, Main Street in Osterville from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, September 16th. Additional guests will be $25.00 for adults (12+) and $15.00 for kids under 12. If you want to bring a guest, please register them at the end of the sign up page.
The first 100 registrants will receive a long sleeved tee shirt.
Please pre-register, as the cost goes up the day of the RACE. Registration on September 17th will be $110.00 for adults and $55.00 for youth.