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Frequently asked questions about the Timucuan Coastal Challenge Kayak Race:

I want to participate. What do I need to do?

First, you will need to fill out the Race Entry Form, which you can print out from our online entry (click here for entry form). This needs to be signed and returned to the address on the entry form, along with your registration fee.

You can also get these forms at some of the water sports shops and at outfitters in NE Florida.
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What does it cost?

Registration fees are outlined on the entry form for participants.  However, remember the real purpose of this event is to raise money for two significant charities.  We are hoping you will come to the event having already raised lots of donations!  There is a suggested minimum donation amount of $35.00.  If you did not have the chance to get donations and you want to simply pay this amount yourself, that is fine.  All checks should be made out directly to the Climb for Cancer Foundation.

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Can I paddle on a tandem kayak?

Yes, you may.  However, the prizes for first place finishers, as well as most proceeds raised will be affected by this.  Two-person kayaks will be ineligible for first to finish prizes.  If one donor form is handed in for both kayakers, the proceeds will be split between the two kayakers to determine winners of the most donations raised.

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How about another type of vessel?

Sure, as long as it is human-powered.  However, prizes will only be given for the first-to-finish in sit-on-top, sea kayak/touring kayak, and canoe categories.  If there is any doubt, it is the responsibility of the TCC committee to determine the category of any  vessel entering the competitive race.

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How long is this course?

You can see a map of the race course area -- click here.  The distance is about 14-17 miles. It can be slightly longer or shorter, depending upon whether you choose to enter and follow the Full-length Marsh Course (17 miles) or take the Short Marsh Course (9 miles). Your direction and course are up to you, yet you must state your choice when you register, so you should analyze the charts for yourself prior to making a commitment to either course. The Short Marsh Course (9 miles) is also available for those who prefer a protected course with a shorter distance.

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What are the Check Points and what do I need to do with them?

As we mentioned, your direction and course are up to you, yet you need to locate required check points along the way.  If you are paddling the Marsh Course, you will need to record three check points (two of which are at Long Island Outfitters on Simpson Creek on the marsh). Those following the Marsh Course will be required to check in at Long Island Outfitters both times they pass that location, as well as locating and recording the check point at the northern end of Little Talbot Island (close to the mouth of Simpson Creek at Nassau Sound).

Racers will need to record two check points if following the Atlantic Course. There is a required check point at the north end of Little Talbot Island (close to the mouth of Simpson Creek at Nassau Sound) for all paddlers, and another required check point at Long Island Outfitters (along Simpson Creek on the Marsh).

In order to successfully complete either course, all required check points for your chosen course will need to be recorded.

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Where and when is the start?

Where:  Huguenot Park at the lagoon, north of the St Johns River, just off Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL. We will have tents set up near the lagoon for registration.  You will launch your kayak from the beach in the lagoon.  Parking here is limited, but there should be plenty for those who arrive before the start.  We will have people there by 6:00 AM to assist you. 

When: Sign up on our Notification Page and check with our calendar for exact date.  Late Registration and packet pick-up begin at 7:30 AM.  The event starts for all paddlers at 9:00 AM.  his is where and when you should turn in your signed entry form with liability waiver, and your donations forms and checks for donations.  Entry fee can be paid with cash or check. Please no cash for specific donations in addition to the entry fee.  Please have your donations form and checks in an envelope with your name and the total amount of donations written on the outside of the envelope.  If you show up the day of the event without the forms, you can simply fill one out when you arrive.

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When and Where is the Finish?

Where:  Huguenot Park at the lagoon -- the same location as the start.

When: Official cut-off for the race is 3:30 PM.  The appreciation party the lagoon will start by 4:00 PM.  If you are near Long Island Outfitters at 2pm, itís probably time for you to stop. 

Important Note:  It is extremely important that every participant check in with volunteers wherever you decide to end your participation.  This will allow us to ensure that all participants who start the event get out of the water safely.  If for any reason you do not stop at one of the designated Beaching Locations/Safety Check Points, or at the Finish, please contact us at one of the listed telephone numbers as soon as possible.  This will also allow us to make arrangements for you transportation, if needed.

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What about bad weather?

We plan to go forward rain or shine. Only you know your ability and experience level. It is the responsibility of the individual participant to determine if conditions are unsafe for him- or herself. Any racer who feels that the weather conditions are unfavorable for your own level of ability should withdraw -- or not start. There is no dishonor in being smart and safe.

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What should I bring?

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Kayak or canoe

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Kayak seat/backrest

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Paddle(s)

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Life jacket for each paddler (MANDATORY)

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Waterproof chart case

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First Aid Kit for your kayak or canoe

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Navigation Chart of waters around Little Talbot Island -- to see map, click here

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Throw cushion and throw line

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 Drinking water or sports beverages; energy bars or snacks

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 Sunscreen & lip balm

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Hat & T-shirt for sun protection

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Cell phone (Recommended).  TCC committee members cell numbers will be distributed at the final safety briefing on race morning.

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Sails will not be allowed for this event. All propulsion must be human power.

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Is this a race?  Will I be timed?

Yes, it will be timed for those with a competitive spirit.  The time kept by the Timucuan Coastal Challenge race officials is only one that will be considered for the purpose of the prizes.  There will be prizes for fastest times in a touring kayak, as well as sit-on-top kayaks and canoes.  We will have the times posted for those who complete the entire course and return to the Finish at the Huguenot Park lagoon with all check points recorded.

This is also a charity event! The biggest and best prize for this event will be for the person who raises the most money in donations!  The kayaking then, is for your enjoyment and satisfaction.  Paddle as fast or as slow as you like!

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Am I supposed to ask for pledges based on the miles I paddle?

This is up to you.  However, we ask that you tell your donors how many miles you plan to paddle and have them donate funds based on this distance.  that it is easier to get a flat amount for donations, yet with some donors, you may want to ask for some amount per mile that you have committed to paddle.  You should have all donors pay by check prior to the event.  Remember, have all donors make their checks out directly to Climb for Cancer Foundation.

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How do I get my kayak back to my car after the event?

The best thing about the logistics of this race is that your car will be waiting for you at the finish -- after all, you start at the same location as the finish. If you choose to withdraw from the race at Long Island Outfitters, you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation back to Huguenot Park.

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What will be taking place at the appreciation party?

We will have the presentation of awards and a raffle.  There will be music, and we intend to have a cookout and picnic at the beach in Huguenot Park. Bring your favorite foods for a beach picnic.  Although the appreciation party starts by 4:00 PM, you are welcome to arrive at anytime throughout the day.

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If you still have any additional questions, feel free to contact Jakson at RD@PerformanceMultisports.com or (904) 285-1552.

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