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Maryland Seafood Festival Paddle for Betterment

Please join us at the Maryland Seafood Festival  for the inaugural Paddle for Betterment held 9:30 AM on Sunday, September 13 at Sandy Point Park.  First time paddlers and experienced racers of all ages can enjoy a family friendly paddle event at an iconic Chesapeake Bay destination.  Take to the water by standup paddleboard, kayak or other paddle carft; anyone with a paddle is welcome to enter!

Paddle individual courses to collect playing cards. Choose which courses to compete, you decide how competitive to make your day; courses will vary in difficulty from beginner to advanced. Anyone can win and the more courses you paddle, the greater your chances to receive a winning card and take home some great new gear.

Participants get free admission to the Seafood Festival, an event shirt, 2 beer tickets (if over 21) and an after race brunch provided by Stan & Joe's. For beer lovers, we have Maryland micro brews and a custom Firkin cask brewed exclusively for the race by Heavy Seas Brewery. After the party, stow your gear and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the festival, there will be great food, live music and fun events for the family.

All proceeds go to The Foundation for Community Betterment, an organization focused on making an immediate impact in the lives of local individuals and organizations.

Sunrise SUP will be providing paddleboard rentals on-site for the race, please contact us if you would like to reserve a board.  Full details and the registration page are available at the festival website.  We hope you can make it!

Race Sign-Up


More about the Maryland Seafood Festival events on Sunday:

After the party, stow your gear and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the festival.  There will be great food, music and fun events for the family.  Live music will be provided by a diverse mix of bands including The Danny Burns Band from 12 - 1, The Shawn Owens Band from 1 to 3, Chanssez from 3:30 - 4:30 and the Kelly Bell Band from 5:30 - 7:00.

In addition to all the food vendors who will have booths on-site, there are food events all day.  There will be $1 oyster, $1 microbrew tastings from 1 to 5, a corn on the cob eating contest, a crab picking contest, a crab cake eating contest and cooking classes provided by WIlliams-Sonoma.

Throughout the day, there will be lots of fun activities including Life-Size Foosball, XPOGO Pogo Stick Stunt Show Performances, the Annapolis Crab Derby Race, an inflatable bounce house, Chesapeake Bay Foundation activities and a 150 foot zip line!  Sunrise Sup and Mantra Fit will be onsite providing Surfset, Indo Board and Evolve paddleboard demos and workouts.

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