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2018 Weeks Bay Foundation Pelican Paddle

Weeks Bay Foundation

Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)

2018 Weeks Bay Foundation Pelican Paddle

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Single Paddler
This ticket is good for one single paddler. Ticket includes water/soft drinks, reusable metal water bottle, and a ticket for the drawing.
Ended $30.00 $2.54
Family Ticket
This ticket is good for a family entry. Ticket includes water/soft drinks, reusable metal water bottles, and tickets for the drawing. Family = Up to two adults and up to four minors under 18.
Ended $70.00 $4.56
Weeks Bay Foundation membership
Become a new member of the Weeks Bay Foundation and receive a FREE Weeks Bay Foundation hat or t-shirt!
Ended $50.00 $3.55
Donate to the Weeks Bay Foundation
Support the work of the Weeks Bay Foundation with a donation.
Custom Paddleboard Raffle Ticket
Enter for a chance to win a custom DIRK Paddle Board. This year's board is a "Gulf of Mexico super surfer, or a Mobile Bay hurricane chaser." It measures 9'2 x 31" x 4.5" and weighs 18 lbs. Winner does not have to be present to win, however, you will need to arrange for pickup or shipping.
Ended $20.00 $2.03
Vintage Pelican Paddle T-Shirt   more info Ended $10.00 $1.53

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Event Details

We are keeping an eye on the weather and, as of noon on Friday, August 3rd, we are still going forward with the event as scheduled. If there are lightning storms in the morning, we will reevaluate the weather and push things back an hour if possible. If the weather forecast does not seem safe for the entire day, we will postpone until Sunday, August 5th. We will update this page again at the end of the day Friday August 3rd. 
The sixth annual Pelican Paddle, a canoe, kayak, and paddle board race, will be held on Saturday, August 4th at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center. Registration and check in begins at 7:30 a.m. There will be an on-the-water Paddler's Meeting at 8:45. The race begins promptly at 9 a.m. It is sure to be a great day on the water!

Participants receive water and soft drinks and entry in our drawing for the chance to win a kayak and other door prizes. The first 200 registrants will be guaranteed a 2018 Pelican Paddle reusable metal water bottle. Addtional registrants will receive bottles as available. 

Advance Registration: $30/paddler, $70/family

Advance registration ends at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 3rd. If you register in advance, be sure to arrive at the Resource Center between 7:30 and 8:45 on race day to check in, pick up your race bib, and grab a water bottle.
Day-of Registration: $35/paddler, $85/family

Day-of-race registration will be from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.

*Family = Up to two adults and up to four minors under 18*

When registering online, remember to select a vintage Pelican Paddle t-shirt.  T-shirts are $10, and come in green, teal, and grey. (Scroll down to see color options)
ALSO: DIRK PADDLEBOARDS will be raffling a SUP board again this year! Get your tickets at checkout.
The race course is 3.5 miles and we will crown 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the following groups:

- Men's Solo Kayak
- Women's Solo Kayak
- Junior Solo Kayak (Age 13 and under)
- Tandem Craft (2 paddlers in either a canoe or kayak)
- Men's Stand Up Paddle Board
- Women's Stand Up Paddle Board (New this year!)
- Non-Traditional (Any type of non-motorized boats not in the other divisions, including solo canoes and pedal kayaks, excluding sailboats)
- Pro Solo Kayak (A 7.0 mile race made up of two loops of the course, any age and  gender)

Eco-tour: If you're not interested in racing, but would like to be on the water, there will be a non-competitive Eco-tour paddle of the Weeks Bay area. This is the green line on the map. We will paddle to the Bald Eagle nest and then turn around. 

Loaner Gear: If you would like to participate in the race or the Eco-tour but do not have your own paddling gear (PFD, Paddle, Kayak or Canoe) we may be able to help. The Fairhope Boat Company  and 17 Turtles Outfitters have generously donated a limited number of canoes and kayaks, with paddles and PFDs, for the day of the race. They are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in borrowing gear, please call the Weeks Bay Foundation at 251-990-5004 to reserve your boat. Please do this BEFORE you register to ensure that we still have boats available. 

PFDs (Lifejackets) are mandatory for all paddlers in the race divisions and the Eco-tour. 

Waiver: All participants will be required to sign a waiver at check-in.


In consideration for allowing my or my child’s participation in Pelican Paddle and other valuable consideration, I hereby RELEASE, WAIVE, AND DISCHARGE the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Weeks Bay Foundation, Inc., and its officials, directors, agents, servants, employees, volunteers or contractors, in both their official and individual capacities, from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, actions, causes of actions, or expenses of any nature whatsoever, including but not limited to compensatory damages, punitive damages, damages for any injury to me, my child or my property (tangible or intangible), monetary relief, compensatory relief, declaratory relief, injunctive relief or any other form of relief or attorney fees, costs or expenses, caused by or arising out of, resulting from, or in any way related to the heretofore mentioned race, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, or otherwise, while participating in such activity, or while in, on or upon the premises where the activity is being conducted or in transportation to and from said premises.

Participant signature: _______________________________  Print participant name: _______________________________

If under 18, parent’s signature: ___________________________  Print parent’s name_______________________________

Date: _________________________________


Have questions about 2018 Weeks Bay Foundation Pelican Paddle ? Contact Weeks Bay Foundation

When & Where

Weeks Bay Reserve Tonsmeire Resource Center

Fairhope, AL 36532

Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)

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Weeks Bay Foundation

The Weeks Bay Foundation is a non-profit organization and nationally-accredited land trust. Our mission it to protect land and promote environmental education in south Alabama so current and future residents can enjoy clean water and the seafood, wildlife, and outdoor recreation that define our area.

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