Paradise Polar Paddlefest & Poker Race
Not for the cold blooded, the Polar Paddlefest has the essence of the famous “Polar Plunge”, the perennial washing away of the previous year with teeth-chattering good hopes for a year chalked full of good fortune to come, which accompanies the ceremonial full body immersion in cold water.
Participants will launch from Boat Launch 1 from Northlake Blvd and will be required to pick up one playing card from each of the predetermined locations as marked on the map provided. In no particular order, participants must gather one card from each of the 5 dealer locations dispersed around the Lake. Upon completion of the playing card lap, participants must drop off their hand at the launch and head out for their final lap, the Polar Lap. The Polar Lap path starts at the boat launch, travels around Turtle Island, heads up to The North Pole (Circles a buoy), and ends at the Finish Line Arch near the boat launch where times will be clocked by an Official Timekeeper.
- Awards will be given for the fastest finishers in single kayaks, two person kayaks, and for the best Poker Hand immediately following the closing ceremonies, which will get cold!
- Closing ceremonies include the option of having lake water dumped on the head of the participants, like the celebration awarded a winning football coach in receiving the “Gatorade Victory Celebration”. Buckets will be provided IF participants wish to wash away 2021 in celebration of the arrival of 2022.