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Bon Temps Paddle Battle on Wylie
August 24, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
ABOUT THE EVENT
Join Anchored Soul for our 1st annual “Bon Temps Paddle Battle on Wylie” in Belmont, NC! Whether you are a seasoned paddler or a fun-lovin’ newbie, we have something for you. Lake Wylie is a great place to enjoy a summer day on the water! Beginners can participate in a 1-mile fun race and the advanced paddler can take it up a notch in the 3.5- or 7-mile distance courses. There’s also a Guppies race and a SUP Pup Cup race for your human babies and fur babies, respectively. All 1–, 3.5- & 7-mile race registrations include t-shirt, meal ticket, drink ticket, concert access & bottle opener medal (3.5- & 7-mile finishers only). Race proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations including Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gaston, Catawba Riverkeeper, Tri-County Animal Rescue & Gastonia Jaycees. Although we will be ordering plenty extra of both, Race T-shirt and bottle opener medal is ONLY GUARANTEED if you register by Friday, July 26th, 2019! A popular energetic 80s Tribute Band will perform from 12:00-3:00pm followed by the awards ceremony at 3:00pm.
No Equipment, No Problem! Anchored Soul will be available to assist with all your equipment needs. Never been on a paddle board before and would like to try it out, contact Heidi Leah Schmidt, certified SUP Instructor and owner of Anchored Soul to schedule a lesson.
Southeast Paddle Sport Championship Series
The Bon Temps Paddle Battle on Wylie is part of the SEP series. Follow the link to see all of this racing season’s competitions.
Race Categories, Divisions & Where To Stay
7-mile Long Race – $70.00 registration fee – This race is for advanced paddlers. The top 3 finishers in each division will be awarded at the end of the event.
3.5-mile Short Race – $60.00 registration fee – This race is for intermediate/advanced paddlers. The top 3 finishers in each division will be awarded at the end of the event.
1-mile Fun Race – $45.00 registration fee – New to the sport of paddling and would like to join in on the fun?! No fear, our 1-mile fun paddle is just for you! Join other newbies on the water and showcase your spirit for fun and adventure!
Guppies Race – $20.00 registration fee – This race is open for children 15 and under who have a passion for paddling and would like to showcase their skills on the water during this event.
SUP Pup Cup – $10.00 registration fee – Does your four-legged best friend love joining you on your paddle adventures?! Well, enter you and your fur-baby in our SUP Pup Cup and see if you can work together to be the first to cross the finish line. Each fur-baby will receive a race hankie for participating. The top three placers in this race will receive a doggie bag full of ruff gear.
Grudge Match – $10.00 registration fee – Two teams of 6 paddlers challenge each other in an old-fashioned game of tug-of-war! We tether two giant, inflatable SUP boards together, each with 6 angry pirates, paddling their little hearts out to make the other giant SUP cross the center line first. Each paddler from the Champion team will receive an extra drink ticket.
Equipment Rental – $15.00
Bottle Opener Medal awarded to all finishers of the 3.5-miile and 7-mile Racers at the Finish Line (ONLY GUARANTEED if you register by Friday, July 26th, 2019!)
WHERE TO STAY
Everyone who is traveling out for the Bon Temps Paddle Battle on Wylie and in need of a place to stay, here are the group codes & rates at the two local hotels in Belmont, NC. Note that the cutoff date for making reservations using these codes is 8/9/19.
Hampton Inn & Suites – Group Code is Anchored Soul and rate is $109/night.
Holiday Inn in Mt. Holly / Belmont – Group Code is BonTempsPaddleBattleOnWylie and rate is $110/night.
Looking for a local campground?! Check out Ebenezer Park and McDowell Nature Preserve.
Race proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations including Catawba Riverkeeper, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Gaston, Tri-County Animal Rescue & Gaston County Jaycees.
- Live Music by Kids in America – Totally 80’s Tribute Band
- Food and Beverages sold by Local Belmont Restaurants & Breweries
- Event Sponsors on site to promote their business
- Non-profit Organizations on site to share their ministry with consumers
Platinum Tier Sponsors
Gold Tier Sponsors
Drs. Kevin & Alison Powell
Silver Tier Sponsors
Beaufort Lands End Paddling
Ski Country Outdoors
Plantation On Crystal River
Wells Fargo Championship
Portable Restroom Trailers LLC
EVENT WILL START IN
FRIDAY, August 23rd, 2019 @ Seven Oaks Cafe, 175 Armstrong Rd Belmont, NC
5:00pm-9:00pm Packet Pick-up Party and Late Registration (Registration ends at 9:00pm)
Low Country Boil for purchase and two free beers for each registered racer.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY, August 24th, 2019 @ Gaston Wildlife Club, 3127 South Point Rd Belmont, NC
7:00am-8:00am Late Packet Pickup
8:45am Mandatory Racer’s Safety Meeting at Dock
9:10am Start 7-mile Long race
9:20am Start 3.5-mile Short race
9:30am Start 1-mile Fun race
11:00am-11:30am All Racers finished / Clear courses and cove of equipment
11:30am Guppies Race
11:45am SUP Pup Cup Race
12:00pm 6-person, Giant Paddleboard Grudge Match!!
12:00pm-4:00pm After-party includes awards, food, drinks, music, and fun for all.
3:00pm-4:00pm Awards Ceremony
From I-85 take either Exit 26 or 27 into Belmont and follow your GPS to S Point Rd / Hwy 273. Stay South on S Point Rd until you come to the very end at the Gaston Wildlife Club.
From Gastonia stay South on S New Hope Rd and go Left onto Hwy 273. Follow Hwy 273 until you reach a T intersection where you will turn Right onto S Point Rd. Stay South on S Point Rd until you come to the very end at the Gaston Wildlife Club.
From Lake Wylie, SC head North on Hwy 274 from Hwy 49 until you reach a Fork and veer Right at the Fork onto Pole Branch Rd. Follow Pole Branch Rd until you come to a traffic circle where you will turn Right onto Hwy 273. Follow Hwy 273 until you reach a T intersection where you will turn Right onto S Point Rd. Stay South on S Point Rd until you come to the very end at the Gaston Wildlife Club.