It's that time of the year again, time to end the summer here in Destin with a bang. For the third year, The Destin Area Chamber of Commerce and BOTE will join forces to host the largest paddling event in the Florida Panhandle. Join us on Saturday, August 16th at the Back Porch Resturant in Destin.
Paddle at the Porch showcases the beautiful emerald green water and white sandy shores of Destin, Florida, behind one of its most loved restaurants, The Back Porch. The race features a one-mile recreational race, a three-mile recreational race, and a six-mile elite race, to be followed by awards, including a $5,000 cash purse! The cash purse will go to the top 3 paddlers in the Men's and Women's 12'6" Elite Class, 1st place :$1750, 2nd place: 500, 3rd Place: $250.
Hope to see all paddlers from near and far at the race for a day full of fun! Kick start the race weekend with our Packet Pick-Up Party & Board Demos at The Back Porch, from 4 – 7 p.m., on Friday, Aug. 15. For those who cannot make the party, packets may also be picked up at the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 4484 Legendary Drive, Suite A, in Destin, on Friday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. They may also be picked up the day of the race from 8 – 9:30 a.m., at The Back Porch.
Registration is now open on active.com. Prior to Aug. 16, the fee is $60 for the 3 and 6 mile races and $48 for the 1 mile race. Registration may be completed on Active.com by Aug. 13, or you may print and return our registration form. Registration may also be completed at the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce by Aug. 15, at 3 p.m., or at The Back Porch, located at 1740 Scenic Hwy. 98 E., in Destin, from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15. On Aug. 16, the fee is $75 for the 3 and 6 mile races and $55 for the 1 mile race. Race day registration may be completed at The Back Porch, from 8 – 9:30 a.m. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 to register. All racers will receive lunch from The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House.
A mandatory race meeting will be held at 9:40 am, just prior to the start of the race. If you need to reserve a board for the event please contact the BOTE Destin store at 850-460-2250, boards will be reserved for the event at no charge (just proof or registration) on a first come first serve basis.
Please visit www.facebook.com/PaddleAtThePorch for the most up to date race details!
The course will be a 1.5 mile triangle for the 6 mile and 3 mile races. The 1 mile race will have a course that runs parallel to the beach