Event Details

The following information provides details about the Jen McKenna Paddle and Run.


Event 1

The event starts at the long beach portion of Sanders Beach. Athletes begin on the water and heads west around Tubbs Hill, where athletes finish at City Beach. There will be a separate wave for kayakers and SUPs.

The course will be marked with buoys and marshaled by the Sheriff patrol boats for safety.

Total Distance: approximately 1.90 miles


Event 2

After you paddle around Tubbs Hill and finish at City Beach, athletes make a loop around City Park and head west on the Centennial Trail. Athletes turn around just before Beebe Blvd. Athletes head back to City Park to the finish.

The course will be marked.

There will be one water aid station located at the turnaround. You will need to use the cup provided to you at packet pick up. This is a cupless event.

Total Distance: approximately 4.6 miles


Important Information

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The event can be completed solo or as a team (1 paddler, 1 runner). NO tandems kayaks or canoes. The maximum length of SUPs is 12'6" for women and 14' for men. 

Registration opens on January 1.

Race Morning Logistics:

  • Due to the limited access points to Sanders Beach, allot enough time to drop off your kayak or SUP. Boat drop off time is 7:00 to 9:00 am on race morning. You can also use the small portion of Sanders Beach as an access point and paddle down to the start area.

  • We are working details for possible drop off the night before the event.

  • It is HIGHLY suggested someone else drop you and your boat off at Sanders as this is a point-to-point event.

  • Please, NO parking at Sanders Beach. You will be allowed to drop off your equipment but may not park long term.

  • There are limited access points at City Beach so have a plan for extracting your kayak or SUP after the event, such as using the Dike Road at NIC.

  • Volunteers will be at City Beach to guard kayaks and SUP while athletes are on the run and during the post-race events. Only participants are allowed to pick them up after the event.


Course Map

There is NO designated transition area, like in a triathlon. You MUST carry your own gear while paddling (such as running shoes) and leave gear (such as lifejackets) with your kayak or SUP while running. City Beach will be designated a place to leave kayaks, SUPs and other paddle gear. We will have volunteers on hand at City Beach to watch your gear while you are on the run.

There is one aid station on the run course that contains coolers with water and sports drink options. This is a cupless event (as in there are no cups provided at the aid station so to cut down on trash). Use your collapsible cup provided in your race packet.

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