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Event Details

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

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Paddle & Run Short Course

Paddle Course (approx. 1.6 miles)

Athletes begin near the Higgens Point boat launch, paddle around Higgens Pt. into Blue Creek Bay to the turnaround boat, then double back.

The course will not be marked with buoys, but it is easy to follow. It will be marshaled by the Sheriff patrol boats for safety.

Run course (approx. 4 miles)

After exiting the water, atheletes head west on the Centennial Trail to the turnaround on Bennett Bay hill, double back to Higgen's Point day park for a trail run around the base of the park, punctuated with a final climb to the top.

There will be one water aid station athletes see twice: located at 1.25 miles and again at 2.5 miles. You will need to use the cup provided to you at packet pick up. This is a cupless event.

The short course can also be a team option: one person paddles and the other person runs.

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Paddle & Run Long Course

Paddle 1 (approx. 1.3 miles)

Athletes begin near the Higgens Point boat launch, paddle around Higgens Pt. into Blue Creek to the Day Use Picnic areas on the east side of the bay.

Run 1 (approx. 4.5 miles)

After exiting the water, athletes head down the dirt road to the Blue Creek Bay Trail Head and running on the designated trail. Athletes will complete an out-and-back run, ending back at the boat dock. **NOTE: this run course is hilly and entirely on a trail. Trail shoes are recommended.

Paddle 2 (approx. 1.3 miles)

Athletes will head back to Higgens  Point from Blue Creek Bay, staying to the right of the Event Boat marshal, and ending where the event started.

Run 2 (approx. 4 miles)

After exiting the water, athletes head west on the Centennial Trail to the turnaround on Bennett Bay hill, double back to Higgen's Point day park for a trail run around the base of the park, punctuated with a final climb to the top.

There will be 2 aid stations: one on the Run 1 course and one on the Run 2 course. Each one you will see twice. You will need to use the cup provided to you at packet pick up. This is a cupless event.

Sept. 7. 2024.

Join us for this great, fun, yet challenging event experience.

Course Map

Higgens Point

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. 


There is one aid station on the run course that contains coolers with water. You will see this aid station twice. 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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