Midwest Paddle Festival and Paddle & Portage Race« Back to Events
The 36th annual Isthmus Paddle & Portage features hundreds of stand up paddleboarders in a unique celebration of SUP (Stand Up Paddle) in Madison. The crazy fun-filled weekend kicks off at Olin Park along Lake Monona Friday evening, which offers a fantastic view of the Capitol and downtown Madison. Paddlers and the general public are invited for before the race bib pick-up, Gear Demos with some of the best paddle gear on the planet and clinics. The schedule includes Pro clinics for Elite paddlers sponsored by Paddleboard Specialists, Learn to SUP for beginners and SUP Yoga sponsored by Brittingham Boats.
The actual race on Saturday starts at James Madison Park in Lake Mendota with a 1.5-mile paddle followed by a 1-mile portage around the Capitol and past the Dane County Farmers’ Market before heading to Monona Terrace and dropping into Lake Monona for a final 1.5-mile paddle to the finish line at Olin Park. Check out SUP lessons, SUP YOGA, Gear Demos and to attend the post-race party at Olin Park for live music, food, craft brews and the 2015 Paddle & Portage awards ceremony. It’s a blast for paddlers and spectators alike – but less work if you’re a spectator.
And a shout-out to their main sponsors Paddleboard Specialists, Clean Lakes Alliance, Essen Haus and Don Miller Subaru!