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"Stand Up Paddle racing around the Midwest last year, I knew I had to help bring SUP racing to the most epic paddle venue on the Great Lakes: The Chicago Shoreline. I'm so excited to be a part of making World Paddle Association SUP racing a part of the Chicago Shoreline Marathon. It's going to be great to see all these amazing paddle athletes, whether on SUP, surfski, OC- or kayak, racing up the shoreline. This is going to be an awesome event!"

Matt Lennert
Chicago, 2012

"In the shortest and simplest way: Chicago is fantastic! The concept of racing the shoreline is brilliant. It's a long one, a marathon in its own right, but it seems to fly by as you work your way from one beach stop to the next. All too soon the race is over.
... the run down with the wind was world class with some fantastic bumps pushing us along. I really really had a fun time."

Dawid Mocke
Fish Hoek, South Africa, 2009

"Well, for those of you that slept in late on Saturday AM, you missed a truly world class race…"
"…it was about the most well organized and professionally run race I've been in. The course was varied, challenging, scenic. Beautiful sandy beaches in Chicago? - you bet! You definitely have to put this one on your calendar next year."

Erik Borgnes
Sturgeon Bay, WI - 2007

“On a sunny Saturday in September, 37 paddlers lined up in the glassy Calumet Harbour on the south side. Chicago is known as "the Windy City," although some say the title refers more to the blustery promises made by shady politicians than the fierce gusts that can whip the 494-km (307 mile) long lake into a turbulent inland sea.

Well, the skyline was still stunning when the horn sounded on Saturday at 9 AM, but the wind was virtually non-existent, as were the powerboats. The lake that's slightly larger than Croatia had become the world's largest duck pond. Flat meant more pain and less fun but it also meant that the top dogs took it out easier. In fact, for the first 2K I was able to sit with Dawid Mocke and Bevan Manson - a spot on the paddling map where I felt rather pleased to be.”

Joe Glickman
New York, NY, - 2008

"Thanks to Tim Flentye (and company) for hosting such an extremely well organized event…"
"…all the preparation and attention to safety and organizational detail was certainly noticed.

I hope to be back next year for an even bigger event."

Ken Kortkamp
San Francisco, CA - 2007

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A little bit of Mother Nature and a lot of Bureaucratic red tape conspired to see that the sixth annual race never officially happened. The following is a chronicle of the lead-up to race day and how some made lemons into lemonade...

8.9 Thursday evening -The marine forecast is calling for conditions that many racers and race organizers might not welcome.

923 Am Cdt Fri Aug 10 2012 .gale warning in effect until 9 pm cdt this evening... Rest of today.. North gales to 35 kt. Chance of waterspouts in the morning. Numerous showers and a chance of Thunderstorms in the morning... then slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Waves 7 to 10 ft building to 10 to 14 ft. Tonight.. North gales to 35 kt diminishing to winds to 30 kt. Slight chance of showers in the evening. Waves 10 to 14 ft subsiding to 8 to 12 ft.

8.10 Friday morning -while some might consider these conditions forbidding, others see the potential for some epic Great Lakes downwind. Michael Booth was kind enough to strap on his Go Pro and capture some video

Who said there was no wind in Chicago - Lake Michigan Downwind from Michael Booth on Vimeo.

Tim snapped this pic that gives a pretty good idea of the conditions.
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8.10 approx 3:00pm - Three rescued, two missing in Lake Michigan off Sheboygan North Pier.
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8.10 3:30pm - CSM race director receives a call from the Chicago Park District. CPD informs us that due to weather, they are closing ALL Chicago beaches. And that all beach permits for Friday and Saturday had been revoked. We asked about possibly reevaluating conditions Saturday. CPD said NO. We asked about postponing the race until Sunday. CPD said NO. They went on to inform us that anyone attempting to enter the water would be arrested.

8.10 5:00pm - After considering all our options, and with no viable alternatives, CSM organizers make the announcement. CSM 2012 is officially canceled.

8.10 Fri. Evening - Dawid tweets out a the following challenge...

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8.11 Saturday morning - Meanwhile, about 30ks further north, a group of 11 have come together to answer the Dawid Mocke challenge. A gallery of photos taken that morning is here
race start

In addition to the gallery there is a terrific story penned by one of the participants, Joe Glickman. Joe's story can be seen at www.sufski.info
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"Unofficial race" results:
1st Jasper Mocke
2nd Dawid Mocke
3rd Sean Rice
4th Michael Booth
5th Joep van Bakel
Dorian Wolters, Reid Hyle, Rob Hartman, Mark Anich, Joe Glickman and Eric Mims.

8.11 Saturday morning - The Mocke challenge wasn't the only "race" going on. There were others able to take advantage of the excellent downwind conditions. Check out the great video footage here featuring Zach Handler, Nick Murray, and Simon Longdill.

If there is any consolation to be had for CSM organizers, it is that we had a nice turnout for our lunch and that a handful were still able to have a good day on our lake.
The Boys having lunch



For all skill levels, the ideal race for Recreational SUP Racers, and Club or Corporate Teams

Stand Up Paddle Board racers will complete a single lap of a 3-mile buoy-marked course.

Kayak Relay teams will have four paddlers and each paddler will complete one 3-mile leg of the race. This 4-leg relay will start on Leone Beach. Each participant will complete a series of laps around a buoy-marked course, then return to switch paddlers for the second leg and so on.
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For paddlers with the drive to compete

The 2-Beach Race course will start on Leone Beach and will consist of one round trip between Leone and Montrose Beaches.

The approximately 8-mile round trip will finish back at Leone Beach.
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For the skilled competitive paddler

For 2012, the Marathon course has been shortened to 18Mi /28Ks. The Marathon will start at 63rd Street Beach on the south side of Chicago and run north along the shoreline to Leone Beach (Touhy Avenue) on the north side. Marathon contestants will be required to check in at 12th Street, North Avenue and Montrose Avenue Beaches.
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