2011 Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers Fun Run Race Series
Fun Run Race Series
The Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers annual Fun Run Race Series starts in a few weeks (June 30th). Outlined below are the dates and details of what the Fun Run Race Series is all about.
KWP FUN RUN RACE SERIES:
This KWP event was created 3 years ago to entice paddlers to get out and paddle throughout the week and weeks in the summer, improve paddling skills and hang out with friends and family. It consists of paddling one weeknight a week throughout the summer at Burleigh Falls. It has morphed over the years and is now a combination of recreational paddling, a series of FUN, exciting and unconventional paddling events and social after padding that occurs every week. Paddlers that participate in events are awarded points throughout the summer and are awarded prizes weekly and at the end of the Fun Run Race Series.
The Fun Run Race Series starts on Thursday June 30th and will be followed by a kick off party. The Series runs every week alternating weeknights between Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The dates are as follows or please see KWP Calendar for outline of Fun Run Race Series Dates.
WEEK 1 – Thursday June 30th (Day before Canada Day)
WEEK 2 – Tuesday July 5th
WEEK 3 – Wednesday July 13th
WEEK 4 – Thursday July 21st
WEEK 5 – Tuesday July 26th
WEEK 6 – Wednesday August 3rd
WEEK 7 – Thursday August 11th
WEEK 9 – Tuesday August 16th
WEEK 10 – SATURDAY August 20th (Followed by KWP BBQ, Awards and Party)
Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers and World Kayak have teamed up this year in order to bring you more fun, excitement and prizes. The Fun Run Race Series is still a KWP event and paddlers participating in the Race Series events will have to be KWP members and sign a World Kayak Wavier form weekly in order to participate. Non KWP Paddlers are welcome to come, watch and paddle and participate in events by either join KWP or paying $5.00 day membership. Results will be posted on KWP Website and World Kayak website weekly. Please be sure to check out both websites weekly, as we want to ensure that KWP will be able to participate with World Kayak again in 2012. World Kayak and their sponsors donated all weekly prizes. Check out photo of just some of the stuff up for grabs every week.
Paddlers participating in the Fun Run Race Series will be awarded points based on finishing position. These points are then accumulated throughout the summer. Awards are based on weekly finishes and overall finishe and are awarded to paddlers. Point system break-down this year.
1st Place – 5 Points
2nd Place – 4 points
3rd Place – 4 Points
4th Place – 3 Points
5th Place – 3 Points
6th and Above – 2points
This point system this year should allow for a much closer race over the 10 weeks. In the event of any ties for the Top Overall Titles the tie-breaker will go to the paddler who has attended more KWP Fun Run Race Series events. Below is a list of the awards and titles for the Fun Run Race Series.
TITLES & AWARDS:
Weekly Winner(s): This is exactly as it sounds. Winners each night will get first choice of the prize pool corresponding with each week. The prize pool each week is different and contains items such as booties, shirts, gear, DVDS, Hats, etc. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers will have choice each week followed by a draw for the remainder of the prizes for everyone else that participated that week. Thanks to World Kayak all paddlers participating in Fun Run Race series should be able to go home with something each week.
Participation Award: This award goes to the paddler that comes to all or the most of the Fun Run Race Series nights, but does not finish with the any of the other 3 Top Titles. This award is a $100 Gift Certificate at a local paddling shop yet to be determined. In the event of a tie, 2 or more paddlers show up for the same amount of nights, the award will then be determined by overall points.
Top Youngster: New this year this title is for the top KWP Paddler under 16 years of age, unless they have won the Top Overall Points then it would go to the second highest under 16 year old paddler. This award is a $100 Gift Certificate at a local paddling shop yet to be determined and will probably be accompanied by a trophy of some kind.
Top Female: Goes to the female paddler with the most points, bearing she is not the Over All Points leader, in that event the Gift Cert would go to the second female in points, however the Top Female will still get the Trophy. This award is a $100 Gift Certificate at a local paddling shop yet to be determined.
Top Overall Paddler: This goes to the paddler that has the most points awarded over the 10 weeks. This award will be a $100 Gift Certificate at a local paddling shop yet to be determined and the KWP Fun Run Race Series trophy.
King of KWP Cooks: Again another new and exciting contest. Basically it will be a cook off each week. KWP participant will choose a week to prepare and cook food for KWPer’s after paddling each week. Paddlers will evaluate meal based on certain criteria. KWPer with the best overall score at the end of the Fun Run Race Series win KWP’s King of the Cooks. Prize to be determined.
FOOD & DRINK:
As per usual with whitewater paddling it as much a social thing as it is a paddling thing. The Fun Run Race Series appreciates that to the fullest. After each paddling evening please feel free to stick around for food, beverages and bonfires. Last year food was prepared for after paddling thanks to Stephanie and me. This year KWP would like to offer this again, however with a twist. KWP would like to have 9 volunteers who would like to prepare and cook the meal on predetermined corresponding weeks. The food does not have to be extravagant. Paddlers in the past would donate / pay for meals, approx $5 to $10. This usually covered the cost of the meals and would expect similar situation this year. KWP cooks would have access to BBQ, Kitchen, dishes, etc, etc. Paddlers can come early and prepare if needed or use helpers. For this to work we would need 8 Cooks as Stephanie will be taking one date. Please get back with your corresponding week if you would like to do this. More information on this will come, along with what is being voted on.
KWP Fun Run Race Series is a great way to get out paddling mid-week in the summer and keep paddling skills up. The last few years we have been blessed with great water, lets hope for the same this year, but in any event the Race Series will go on. Feel free to bring family and friends to events to see what it is all about. Remember the Fun Run Race Series only works because of all the paddlers participating lets see if we can consistently achieve 30 plus paddlers every week this year!