Sunday, November 23, 2014

Paddle race around Belle Isle planned for August

Once Around Belle Isle Festival, including paddle race, will be held in Detroit next month
Posted on July 3, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 3, 2014 at 4:02 a.m.

DETROIT (AP) — A 5-mile paddle race around Detroit’s Belle Isle is planned for next month.

Called the Once Around Bell Isle Festival, the Aug. 9 event also will include live music, craft beer, food trucks and local vendors.

OABI organizers call it the first-ever paddle race and festival of its kind to take place in Detroit.

Attendees will be able to check out an array of stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and crew rowing equipment. They also can participate in Paddlerama, a series of on-site classes, demonstrations, contests and sprint competitions along the shores of Belle Isle Beach.

The cost for Paddlerama and general event admission is $15 in advance and $25 at the door. The cost for the OABI race, Paddlerama and general event admission is $35.


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