Well we could not have asked for a more beautiful day to begin The 12th Great Loxahatchee River Race. Beautiful sunshine and a mild breeze lead to our most successful Loxahatchee River Race to date. Three courses (1-mile recreational, 6-mile, and 12-mile), the race was exciting for both participants and spectators, including a few from under the water.
The 12-mile and 6-mile participants were started first. Those paddling the 12-mile course (9) in total, started strong and finished with great times. Brint Adams completed the course 1st with a total time of 1:51:23; Peter Gelzinis came in a close 2nd with a 2:17:10 time. They were followed closely by Jack Roberts, finishing in at 2:18:12.
Doug Lindsay completed the 6-mile course 1st in a remarkable 0:59:55, followed by Michael Keown and Jim Kirk who were neck and neck with a 2nd 1:02:33 for Mike and 3rd 1:02:34 for Jim. Also this year was a record number of SUP participants (13) in total all who paddled the 6 mile course. 1st SUP to cross finish line goes to Billy Sweezey in an astounding 1:06:11, followed 2nd by Jeremy Greene 1:12:57 and 3rd Jay Ailworth 1:16:20.
John Dinger finishing the 1-mile course in just 0:23:55, Don and Natalie in a K2 finished 2nd with 0:24:35 and John Avery 0:25:22 came in 3rd.
Great Job to Everyone!
We were pleased to welcome several new paddlers and sponsors new to The Great Loxahatchee River Race this year.
The 11th Great Loxahatchee River Race
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The breeze moving across the Loxahatchee River was a pleasant addition to the beautiful sunshine that started the day for The 11th Great Loxahatchee River Race. With 32 various watercraft, and three courses (1-mile recreational, 6-mile, and 12-mile), the race was exciting for both participants and spectators. The 12-mile and 6-mile participants were started first. Those paddling the 12-mile course, Larry Frederick & Lee Short, Yves Cartier, Paula Lunt, Roland & Linda Muhlen, Peter V. Gelzinis, Larry Baker and Will Schaet, started strong and finished with great times, all within 13 minutes of total times. Larry Frederick & Lee Short completed the course 1st with a total time of 1:50:09; Yves Cartier came in a close 2nd with a 1:51:40 time. They were followed closely by Paula Lunt, finishing in 1:54.27. Christopher Fidler completed the 6-mile course 1st in an astounding 0:56:41, followed by Dan Thompson with a 1:06:18 time. Julie Baker was not far behind, finishing 3rd at 1:06:57. Marlo Marcheco shot across the start line and never slowed, finishing the 1-mile course in just 0:13:39. John Dinger (0:23:49) and Henry Thomasson (0:26:27) came in 2nd and 3rd. We were pleased to welcome several new paddlers and sponsors new to The Great Loxahatchee River Race this year. After a delicious lunch of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, and a time of conversing, everyone participated in a drawing for the door prizes. By mid-afternoon, all dispersed with a great desire for a nap!
10th Great Loxahatchee River Race
May 19, 2012
With nice paddling conditions and a wide variety of paddlers and vessels, the participants all seemed to enjoy the scenic surroundings and hairpin turns of the upper Northwest Fork of the river. There were a total of 39 vessels entered across three distance categories, ranging from SUPs to a C3 Cruiser. Once everyone started, it was a race both to the finish and to beat the pending rain storms that threatened.
On the long course, Anita Allen continued her dominance but was closely challenged for the full distance by Yves Cartier and the Siegfried C3. All of the long course participants posted very respectable times given the challenging course and varying water depths on the outgoing tide. The medium distance saw the most number of entries and some good competition. Jack Roberts said he was off his form, but his strong first place finish belied that. Doug Lindsay and Dan Thompson rounded out the podium with excellent times as well, holding off the very aggressive competition. All of the short course participants enjoyed the paddling experience - Nikki Kundrum paddled very well to finish in the lead, and the O'Neill family fielded two canoes for the entire family to enjoy the course.
The rain held off until almost all boats were in, and then passed through so everyone could enjoy the lunch and awards. Door prizes donated by several sponsors were also presented, including gift certificates from two kayak/SUP businesses, a certificate for a stay at the Comfort Inn, a website design, a landscape plan, and multiple gifts from the River Center and paddling rentals.
The credit for the success of the day was due to the hard work of several great volunteers. Mary and Larry Barrentine helped with everything from initial organization through to registration and preparing the 80+ lunches. Jackson Berger and Tate spent much of the day on the water placing and retrieving the course markers. Debra Northsea worked both registration and lunch preparation, while Carolyn Warburton and her three assistants, Christopher Warburton, Sam Cripps, and Sean Andros were everywhere helping paddlers, carrying food and supplies, taking photographs, and filling in wherever help was needed.
To see photos or race results, click on corresponding button at top of page.
The quiet waters on the Upper North Fork of the beautiful Loxahatchee River inside Jonathan Dickinson State Park provided an excellent venue for The 9th Great Loxahatchee River Race.Thirty-two vessels, ranging from competition canoes to kayaks to SUPs, took to the water on May 21st to enjoy the camaraderie and beautiful weather.
A challenging 12-mile course routed the long course competitors as far north as Trapper Nelson's.Anita Allen, paddling her quick touring kayak, led the group to the finish, followed closely by Yves Cartier in his racing canoe.Navigating the many turns and forks in the course was almost as challenging as the distance itself!
The medium length course, which ended up being about 7 miles long, proved to be an enjoyable distance for more of the contestants.Although Tom Green sped through the course in his surf ski in impressive fashion, most of the paddlers chose to enjoy the experience of the river.
With the strong support of the Florida Paddling Trails Association (FPTA) and the Jupiter Outdoor Center's course-marking, all participants enthusiastically finished paddling to enjoy a relaxed cookout sponsored by Corona Real Estate Company and Waste Water Management, Inc.The hamburgers, hot dogs, and watermelon were a welcome refreshment.Volunteer help from Lynette Foster, Mary Barrentine, and Debra Northsea was invaluable in keeping the entire day running smoothly as well.
Jeff Jager & Joy Jager
Grand Veteran 2
Grand Veteran 1
David Bigley & Carolyn Bigley
Ann Marie Buckley
The 8thGreatLoxahatcheeRiver Race Results
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Long Course12.5 miles
Yves CartierC1 Senior
Peter GenzinisK1 Recreational Senior
Peter DunickSurfSki Junior
Medium Course6.7 miles
Thor and Meagan SiegfriedC2 Cruiser/Pro Adult/Youth
Dan ThompsonSea Kayak Veteran 2
Jarrod ThompsonSea Kayak Open
UntimedDonna DekerskyK1 recreational
UntimedDanielle BrandtK1 recreational
Short Course1 mile
Fran SiegfriedC1 Cruiser
29:54Jocelyn and Brenna O'Neill K2 Recreational
With a fluctuating wind from the Southeast and active powerboat traffic, the water conditions were a bit challenging for the brave souls who participated in this event. Fortunately, other than some unplanned swims, everyone managed to have a good day on the water, from the faster racers to the more recreational entrants.A pace boat guided the racers out to the turnaround to avoid any confusion on the beautiful Loxahatchee River; most of the course was in open water on the lower half of the Northwest Fork of the river.
Yves Cartier set a rapid pace to lead throughout the long course, while Peter Genzinis looked strong as he finished well with his recreational kayak.Peter Dunick was able overcome the challenges of the rough water in his Surf Ski with only a few swims, an excellent finish for a young paddler.Thor and Meagan Siegfried persevered through the waves and windy conditions to finish strong in front of the medium course group.Dan and Jarrod Thompson survived some near-swamps and elected to photo finish.Donna Dekersky and Danielle Brandt epitomized the spirit of the event by enjoying their venture, complete with rest stops, lunch break, and even a relaxed nap!
The short course was enjoyed by Fran Siegfried and the team of Jocelyn and Brenna O'Neill, who completed the loop around the island in great style.
We also add our thanks to Jackson Berger and Aubrey Ballard for manning the pace boat throughout the event to keep our paddlers on course.
The thunder rolled and the skies darkened, but for those courageous souls who braved the threat of a very nasty day, the reward was a great day for a paddle with no actual bad weather. We elected to forego the longer 14 mile race out of respect for the possibility of a storm, and ran a longer medium-distance event on relatively flat water with modest wind.
It was a good day for everyone on the water, from the faster racers to the more recreational entrants, since there were few powerboats on the water and deep water throughout the course. A pace boat guided the racers out to the turnaround to avoid any confusion on the beautiful Loxahatchee River; most of the course was in open water on the lower half of the Northwest Fork of the river.
AHammerling and his nice K1 Unlimited led from the start and kept up his rapid pace to lead in the first pack of racers, followed closely by a group of other quick K1's. The endurance awards went to Ron Wiendl and Heide Juhl for cruising the course in their recreational kayaks!
The short course was dominated by the tandem team of Jocelyn and Brenna O'Neill, who enjoyed a pleasant loop around the island and finished with smiles and a good experience.
The Great Loxahatchee River Race
150 Evernia Street
Jupiter, FL 33458