Additional details will be added as the date gets closer, so please check back often.
A festival follows the races with stand up paddleboard, kayak, and sailing try-its, SUP demos, exhibitors, and music.
- All races will be a water start around a buoyed course on Lake Erie. Be prepared to paddle in wind and waves.
- All racers are required to wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket. Inflatables are acceptable.
- All stand up paddleboard racers must use a leash.
- All racers must wear footwear when getting on/off their boards or kayaks.
SUP Race Categories
- Kids - all youth (8-13 years only)
- 14' Race (6 miles only)
- 12' 6" Race
- Surf Style, any length (2 miles only)
Kayak Race Categories
- Kids - all youth (8-13 years only)
- Over 17’ & surf skis (6 miles only)
- Over 14’-17’
- 14’ and under (2 miles only)
- 6-miles (3 laps)
- 2-miles (1 lap)
- Kids Race (about ½ mile)
2016 Race Results
- 6 Mile Kayak
- 6 Mile SUP
- 2 Mile Kayak
- 2 Mile SUP
- Presented to top 3 males and top 3 females in each category for 14 & over races.
- Top 3 overall for youth 8 - 10 years and top 3 overall for youth 11 - 13 years.
- Racers can pick-up their race packets from Nalu Stand Up Paddle & Surf: 1328 Linda Street, Rocky River, Ohio 44116 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Friday, August 18 or at registration on August 19.
- Please review and turn in a completed waiver when you pick-up your packet.
Fee includes lunch and t-shirt while supplies last. To guarantee a shirt, register by noon on August 7. Online registration closes after August 16. Day of registration available space permitting.
By August 10, 2017:
- $40: ages 14 and over
- $15: Kids Short Race only (ages 8-13)
After August 10, 2017 & Day-of-Registration:
- $45: ages 14 and over
- $20: Kids Short Race only (ages 8-13)
* Registering the day of the event does not guarantee lunch or a t-shirt.
Reserving a Board
A limited number of stand up paddleboards (includes paddle, lifejacket, and leash) can be reserved for $10/board by contacting Outdoor Recreation at 216-341-1704 (Jimmy Lewis Cruise Controls, Blades, and Glide Boards) or Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf at 216-272-1504 (a variety of boards). Surf shape boards are up to 12'.
- People reserving boards MUST have prior experience on a stand up paddleboard.
- Board reservations are limited to the 2-mile challenge and Kid's dynamic course races.
- Kayak reservations are not available.
Festival is free for all ages.
- Stop by the registration tent when you arrive, to get a wristband showing you have signed an event waiver. You must have signed the waiver to particpate in the "Try-It" Activities: kayaking, SUP, sailing, SUP demos, All Aboard Open Paddle, kayak clinic, yoga, SUP yoga and slacklining.
- At registration, you can also enter your name for the door prizes, which will be drawn at 3:30 p.m. You must be present to win.
- All Aboard Open Paddle
- During this set 30 minutes, let's see how many paddlers we can get on the water for an event record picture.
- All racers are encouraged to get back on the water to join in.
- Non-racers are encouraged to bring a board/kayak and join in on the fun.
- All paddlers should stop by registration to sign a waiver and get a "Try-It" wristband, which includes photo relase for this fun photo opportunity celebrating paddling in Cleveland!
- Sorry boards/kayaks cannot be reserved for this.
- Sailing Try-Its
- Space is limited. Sign-up for these at the registration tent the day of the event.
- Times: 11-11:45 a.m., 12-12:45 p.m., 1:30-2:15 p.m., or 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Tentative Race and Festival Schedule
Race starts are approximate; be ready 10 minutes before/after.
*Race start times updated.
|7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
|7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
||Free Yoga (Pre-Race Yoga Stretches)
|7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
||Cornhole & Jenga Area Open
||Race Announcements (All Racers)
|10:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
||Real Life Rescue Skills for Coastal Kayakers Clinic
||Kids Dynamic Race SUP
||Kids Dynamic Race Kayak
|11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
||Burning River Bagels
|11 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
||Free Sailing Try-Its (space is limited)
|11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
|11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
|1:30 - 4 p.m.
||Joe Bell & the Swing Lizards
|11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
||Onland SUP Paddle Technique & Endurance Race Clinic
|12 - 4 p.m.
||Free Slackrack Try-Its
|12:30 - 1 p.m.
||All Aboard Open Paddle
||Award Ceremony (SUP followed by kayak) &
Racer Door Prizes
||Free SUP Yoga (water permitting)
||Free SUP & Kayak Try-Its & SUP Demos
||Door Prizes (Must be present to win); Enter at registration.
||Continue to enjoy Cleveland's Lakefront at Burning River Fest
*A special thanks to our event partners:
- Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf for partnering with us for the entire event
- Ultra Missions for overseeing the Kids' Dynamic Races, All Aboard Open Paddle, and Yoga sessions.
- The Foundry for offering Sailing Try-Its
Door Prize Donations
A huge thank you to the following for donating door prizes for the event:
- Cleveland Metroparks
- Outdoor Recreation
- Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf
- L.L. Bean
- Rock Mill
By registering, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the cancellation policy:
- Program fees and deposits are not refundable or transferable unless Cleveland Metroparks finds it necessary to cancel a program. Participants assume risk of all changes in personal health and affairs.
- If Cleveland Metroparks cancels a program, the cancellation will be posted on the registration page for that program. For programs other than races, participants will also be notified by e-mail and/or phone.
With our professionally trained staff and ability to make equipment adaptations, most programs are accessible to anyone who would like to participate assuming they meet the essential eligibility criteria. Please make a request at the time of registration but no later than 5 business days prior to the program. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-341-1704.
General Essential Eligibility Requirements that all participants must meet. A participant….
- …must meet minimum age and pre-trip meeting requirements for each individual program.
- …must meet program fee requirements for each individual program.
- …must be able to remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed in order to avoid environmental injuries such as hypothermia, heat-related illnesses, sunburn, and frostbite.
- …must refrain from use of alcohol and tobacco before or during outdoor recreation activities and any illegal drugs throughout the duration of a program.
- …must be able, either alone or with the aid of a personal care attendant, to manage, administer and protect any prescription medications currently prescribed to him or her. All medications, including over-the-counter medications shall be declared in medical history section of the registration form.
- …must be able, either alone, with the aid of an augmentative communication device, or a personal care attendant to follow directions and communicate needs.
- …must not exceed manufacturers’ maximum recommended weight limit for equipment being used.
- …must be able to manage personal mobility either alone, with a reasonable amount of assistance, with the aid of a personal care attendant, or with adaptive equipment.
- …must be able to independently wear and maintain wearing all safety equipment correctly.
- …must be able, in the event of an unexpected capsize, to breathe independently and maintain a seal with their mouth (i.e. not require medical devices to sustain breathing), and independently demonstrate the ability to self-right him or herself from face down to face up position while wearing the appropriate PFD.
- …must be able to independently hold their head and neck upright (without restraints), in order to maintain proper body positioning, avoid an unexpected capsize, and freely exit watercraft.
- …must be able to reenter the watercraft in deep water independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance.
- …must be able to independently wear and maintain wearing all safety equipment correctly including but not limited to PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
- …must be able to, for extended trips only, travel in a physically demanding, remote backcountry environment for the uninterrupted period of the trip length, which can range from one to ten days with varying temperatures and environmental conditions including but not limited to, rain snow, hail, sun, and wind. The remoteness is such that cell signal may be unavailable, and it may require at minimum an hour, but perhaps in excess of 2 days travel to reach the nearest road and advanced medical care; participant assumes all costs associated with rescue.
Cleveland Metroparks staff can adapt many programs to be accessible to anyone who would
like to participate assuming they meet the essential eligibility criteria. Reasonable
accommodation can also be made. Please make a request at the time of registration but
no later than 72 business hours prior to the program. Contact us at
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