August 27, 2016
New Bern, North Carolina
Can you describe the different races and courses?
The Main Course is a spectator and paddler-friendly triangle with two buoys.
The Short Course is one lap around the course at 5K distance.
The Long Course is two laps around the course, for 10K distance. Distances are approximate and vary slightly on race day with wind and current conditions.
New this year is a point-to-point course starting on the Trent River and finishing one lap of the Main course on the Neuse River. Approximate distance is 12 miles.
The Junior Sprint Race is a heat format on short buoy course on one-design boards.
What kind of paddling settings and conditions will racers face?
The Neuse and Trent Rivers are wide, flatwater rivers with potential waves/chop and current influenced by wind.
What makes your event great? What will paddlers love about coming to your event?
The spectator-friendly venue, easy to navigate course, ample parking, paddler-friendly course access, beer, collectible finisher medal, and good times.
Will there be any clinics and what are the details?
Friday, August 26th – Launch Party/Packet Pick Up at Stand Up Outfitters waterfront location with free demos and vendor marketplace
Where can people get paddle gear like PFDs and Hydration packs?
Get geared up at Stand Up Outfitters 2 locations in New Bern or at the SUO tent on race day
Are there paddleboard rentals available and if yes, where? Contact info?
Race rentals available by contacting info@standupoutfiters or calling 252-638-3000.
Where can people buy groceries?
The Galley Stores at the race site or Food Lion on Hwy 70
Where can people stay? Do you have a hotel you can recommend and contact info?
Doubletree Hilton, Marriott, Hampton Inn, and Fairfield Harbor all offer accommodations. Race discounts will be published soon.
What great local restaurants can you recommend?
Persimmons Restaurant at the Race Site and 247 Craven. There’s also Chipotle and Panera on 70
Where is the best coffee in town?
The Galley Stores at the race venue or Starbucks on 70
Does your event benefit a charity and if so, can you tell us about them?
A portion of net proceeds will benefit the North Carolina Coastal Federation www.nccoast.org