You're Invited: ATX Paddle Dash
Calling outdoors enthusiasts and the outdoor-curious, alike! Join in on Austin's newest tradition – The ATX Paddle Dash, a first-of-its-kind kayak race on Lady Bird Lake, followed by a social hour, with food and drinks provided. All proceeds from this event will support Explore Austin and its mission of empowering youth through leadership, mentoring, and outdoor adventure.
Competitive Division (3.5 Miles)
The race begins at 9:00am. At 3.5 miles roundtrip, this heat is for racers who have experience with kayak races, and are interested in a highly competitive style format (route map). Racers in this division will be responsible for bringing their own boats! Includes food and refreshments post race. Note, if you are interested in participating in this division but you do not have your own boat, you can use a Rowing Dock vessel, but would be at a disadvantage. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
$35 PER PERSON
Open Division (2 Miles)
The race begins at 10:00am. At two miles roundtrip, this heat is great for individuals and families of all experience levels who are interested in a fun challenge! Participants will have the option to race in a single kayak which seats 1 or a double kayak, which seats 2 (route map). The watercraft, life jacket(s) and paddles will be provided by Rowing Dock. Includes food and refreshments post paddle.
$30 PER PERSON
Kids Division (1 MILE)
The race begins at 11:00am. At one mile roundtrip, this heat is for Austin's youth, ages 8 - 12. Participants will have the option to race in a single kayak which seats 1 or a double kayak which seats 2 (route map). The watercraft, life jacket(s) and paddles will be provided by Rowing Dock. Includes food and refreshments post paddle.
This ticket item is for families who would like to participate in the overall ATX Paddle Dash experience. Participants will be able to enjoy food and refreshments on-site, as well as be able to paddle on the water. Check in for this experience is from 11:00am to 12:00pm.
Competitive DivisionA $500 cash prize will be awarded for 1st place winners of every class.
Open DivisionPrizes will be awarded to single and double 1st and 2nd place winners. Items awarded will range in value between $100 - $300.
Kids DivisionPrizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Items awarded will range in value between $50 - $200.
2418 Stratford Drive, Austin 78746
The ATX Paddle Dash will kick off at Rowing Dock. For those driving, please park under Mopac and walk down to Rowing Dock. If you are a part of the Competitive Division, you will have the opportunity to unload on-site and park in the nose-end parking area.Get Directions Open in Google Maps
the explore austin mission
Through outdoor adventure and long-term mentorship, Explore Austin supports adventurous youth from economically disadvantaged communities as they develop into confident and courageous adults.learn more
can't make it to the race?
You can still support Explore Austin and have a great time while you're at it with the purchase of one of Rowing Dock's Regular's Cards, which grants you 10 hours of paddling. 100% of profits from your purchase will go back toward Explore Austin.
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