Join us for the 5th Annual "Paddle the Park" Sunday, November 4th at Maho!

Virgin Islands National Park has a lot to offer, on land and on the sea! This event highlights the the rich biodiversity found along our coastline, and fosters a deeper appreciation for the protection of our fragile marine ecosystem. 

Registration:

EARLY REGISTRATION - OPEN NOW! (Ends October 28)

Adults    $60

Youth    (under 18 years of age)  $30

General Registration: (October 29 - November 2)

Adults    $70

Youth    (under 18 years of age)   $35

Late Registration on Saturday, November 3th from 9am to 2pm in the Friends of the Park Store only.

Adults    $85

Youth    (under 18 years of age)   $40

PLEASE NOTE: There is no registration on the day of the event.

Register by phone:

  • 340-779-4940

       Register in person: 

  • Friends of the Park Store or office in Mongoose Junction, St. John
  • Connections in Cruz Bay, St. John
  • Caribbean Surf Co. in Havensight or Red Hook, St. Thomas

Register Online:

Note: There will be no registration after 2pm Saturday November 3rd, and no registration on race day.


Registration fees include:

  • Event entry
  • Race jersey (a water-friendly rash guard that must be worn during the race)
  • Event “goodie bag”
  • Lunch at awards ceremony

Race Day:

All competitors are strongly urged to review the Course DescriptionCompetition Rules and Course Maps in preparation for the race. 

  1. Check-in for registered participants will start at 7:30 am on race day, Sunday, November 4th
  2. A pre-race briefing will start at 8:30 am
  3. The races will start at 9:00 am.

There will be three courses:

  1. Short Course from Maho Beach to the NPS floating fee station and back - about 1 mile
  2. Open Course from Maho Beach to Whistling Cay and back – about 3 miles
  3. Elite Course from Maho Beach to Whistling Cay, then to and around Cinnamon Cay, back behind Whistling Cay and back to Maho – about 5.5 miles

Note that there will be a special category in the Short Course for kids 12 years and younger.

All races will start and finish on the beach at the Maho Bay Pavilion.  Please see the detailed Course Description for more details.

 Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finishers in each race and in the special category for kids 12 and younger in the Short Course.

Lunch at the awards ceremony will only be available to competitors, volunteers, and those who have purchased a lunch voucher in advance (available when registration opens September 15th).  Regrettably, lunch vouchers will not be available on race day at the awards ceremony.  

Following our awards ceremony we will have a 'Guided Turtle Paddle' led by our Sea Turtle Monitoring and Protection Program Leader, Adren Anderson, with boards provided by Virgin Islands Expedition Co. So spectators, volunteers, and competitors can learn and paddle together at lovely Maho Bay, one of our sea turtles' favorite bays!

Rentals:

Registering for the event, but don't have a board. No worries! Rent a board from one of our proud sponsors as a registered paddler and receive a discount! Please be advised that quantities of rental boards are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. If you are in need of a board, please contact us at 340-779-4940.

Rental SUPs available through our sponsors:

Arawake Expeditions Paddle Board Rentals St. John

Arawak Expeditions has been the Jersey Sponsor of this annual event since the beginning, more than 6 years ago! This year we have a new logo design, and race jerseys made by OceanTec thanks to Arawak Expeditions!

Contact: Arawak Expeditions St. John  1-800-238-8687

 
Virgin Islands Expedition Company
Virgin Islands Expedition Company (340) 473-6578

VI Eco Tours kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boards St. Thomas

VI Ecotours  1-877-845-2925


Discounted accommodations for competitors and their companions are available at following St. John hotels/resorts.

  1. St. John Inn (855)-236-9789 *  www.stjohninn.com

  2. Gallows Point Resort   340-776-6434 *  www.gallowspoint.com
  3. Peter Bay Gatehouse: 1-800-348-8444
  4. 340 Real Estate Company has discounted rental accomodations available for the race, please call for details: 340-643-6068,  www.340realestateco.com

*Please ask for Paddle the Park rates.

For additional information, send an e-mail to kjarvis@friendsvinp.org or call 340-779-4940.

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