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Calling all paddlers!
To keep our swimmers safe we need twenty-one kayak and SUP volunteers for Up the River Downtown Marathon Swim Race. This is the first ever marathon St Johns River open water race. Lets make Jacksonville and St. Johns River history on Saturday morning, September 22nd. Use the link below and scroll down to Kayak Support to sign up. If you have any questions, please email me at or send a PM. See you on the swim course! We appreciate your support and company on the St. Johns. We could not do this without you! #activateStJohns
Register to be a Paddle Escort Volunteer:
Register to Swim:
Download the Swimmer and Paddler Sighting Guide & Course
Launch Location 10k
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211
At the JU Negaard Rowing Center dock, next to the Marine Science Research Institute and St. Johns Riverkeeper.
Launch Location 1-Mile
2 W Independent Dr,
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Main St Bridge
Riverside Arts Market at the Fuller Warren Bridge
715 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204
FREE TRANSPORTATION BACK TO THE START!
Paddlers, please report to the dock by 6:45 am.
What we are doing:
Volunteer kayak support crew will escort swimmer waves approximately 10k from JU to the Fuller Warren Bridge at Riverside Arts Market There will be a lead kayak and a sweep kayak assigned to each wave.
The course map is here: https://drcsports.com/imgs/maps/e4f43B_UTRD-Course%20Map.pdf
Paddlers equipment to bring: Two personal flotation devices, and a whistle. We can issue this equipment at the dock if needed.
06:45 Arrive at Dock. We will issue Personal Flotation Devices, Floating Tow Ropes and whistles to those who need them.
07:15 Briefing on Dock
07:45 Board Kayaks/Paddleboards
08:00 The first wave begins.