2018 Big Island & Back! Paddle Event

Saturday - August 11th 2018

Race Start Time:

Canoe-Kayak-Paddleboard @ 9:00AM
-- Check-in from 8:00AM at Excelsior Beach --


- Sign up until 10:00PM Friday August 10th -

The Excelsior Brewing Company (EBC) is excited to announce the
5th Annual "Big Island & Back 10K Paddle Event"
Saturday, August 11th

The event begins at 9:00 am.  Proceeds from the race entry fees will be donated to Freshwater Society and ICA Food Shelf.


An intrepid group of canoe and kayak enthusiasts staged an inaugural race five years ago, and the participants knew it could become a great event, so they approached the Brewery about sponsorship.  “A race on Lake Minnetonka will be beautiful, fast and fun” according to John Klick, EBC President.  The event grew to include a standup paddle board (SUP) category, pre-event yoga on the beach and post-event log-rolling!  In 2017, the festivities attracted 225 participants who celebrated at the Brewery afterwards. 


According to Race Director Rick Carter, this year’s race will be capped at 250 registrations, with plans to grow the event each year. “Our goal is to get paddlers of all ages out on Lake Minnetonka for a great community event,” says Rick.  The course will be patrolled by boats from the Hennepin County Sheriff Water Patrol and Power Squadron volunteers. 


Bonus Activities: Beach Yoga & Log Rolling !!!


- Yoga: Join Spirit of the Lake Yoga on Excelsior Beach prior to the event to get your muscles warmed up and ready to paddle - bring a beach towel or yoga mat and meet on the beach at 8:00AM

- Log Rolling: Bring the whole family to try log rolling at Excelsior Brewing after the paddle event until 8PM

Race Director Rick Carter rides the log - August 10th 2017  

Check back here and on Facebook for event updates

Course update email will be sent out Friday August 10th evening to all
pre-registered participants


Make a day of it and explore beautiful Excelsior! 


Proceeds from this event will be donated to the ICA Food Shelf program and the Freshwater Society. Thank you for your support!

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