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4th Annual Big Island & Back! 10K Paddle - August 2017

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5th Annual Big Island & Back! Winter Event - January 2017

This winter's ski event was a little short on snow, but still pulled off a lovely tour. About 50 hardy souls skied on the few inches of remaining snow, Sunday, January 28th from Excelsior Beach out and around Gideon's Bay, while another 100 or so supporters gathered at Excelsior Brewery to get the party started! Jim Kuzzy was the unofficial winner making it the furthest in the one hour time frame.

 

Our goal was to get skiers of all ages and skill levels out on Lake Minnetonka for a great community event, have fun and raise money for a couple of worthy causes - three for three, what a great day!

 

3rd Annual Big Island & Back! 10K Paddle - August 2016

Paddling canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, over 200 intrepid participants headed on over to Excelsior on Sunday, August 14th for a friendly race out around Big Island and back. We started near the swim area at Excelsior Beach Park and headed out across the beautiful lake. Our goal was to get paddlers of all ages and skill levels out on Lake Minnetonka for a great community summer event and raise money for a couple of worthy causes - check, check, what a great day!


A rockin' after-party was held at the Excelsior Brewing Company with refreshments provided by the Suburban Restaurant, great music and, of course, beer!  Awards and door prizes were handed out by local media star, Belinda Jensen. A memorable day for all involved.

All proceeds from the race entry fees were donated to the ICA Food Shelf program and the Freshwater Society - thank you for your support!

 

4th Annual Big Island & Back! Winter Event - January 2016

This year’s event took place on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 and included a 10K Nordic Ski Dash & Snow Shoe Race, in addition to a Snow Kite Race on Lake Minnetonka. 

 

Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Races:  Race times were staggered between 1PM and 2PM. Starting at Port of Excelsior docks, the course heading out across the bay, around Big Island and back to Excelsior.

 

Snow Kite Race:  Race started at 11am - all kiters launched from Excelsior Bay. 

 

This event was open to all ages and abilities, so friends or family members all came out and made some memories.

 

An awesome after-party was held at the Excelsior Brewing Company with live music, awards, and food provided by the Suburban Restaurant!   Later in the evening, members of the Minnesota Orchestra provied music for “Strings & Suds”  A good crowd stuck around and got classy!

 

All proceeds from the event went to support the ICA Food Self and the Freshwater Society. 

2nd Annual Big Island & Back! 10K Paddle - August 2015

We are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Big Island & Back! 10K Paddle on Saturday, August 15th starting at 9AM. The start line is near the beach at Excelsior Beach park. Come early and have lunch in Excelsior. Stay after for live music drinks at Excelsior Brewing's taproom, and lunch at the Suburban. This is an event for all the family.

 

Tune up your canoe, kayak or paddleboard and head on over to Excelsior Beach for a friendly race out to Big Island and back.


Our goal is to get paddlers of all ages and skilll levels out on Lake Minnetonka for a great community summer event. The course circumnavigates Big Island - a distance of 10K.

 

Proceeds from the race entry fees will be donated to the ICA Food Shelf program and the Freshwater Society

Big Island & Back! Nordic Ski Dash - February 2015

The 3rd Annual Big Island & Back! 10K Nordic Ski Dash took place on Saturday, February 7 starting at 1PM. Due to lack of snow cover and potential open water, the course was moved to St. Albans Bay, with the start/finish line at the Excelsior Boat Club dock area. Blue sky and sunshine welcomed nearly 100 sliers of all levels, and a great time was had by all. The post-race party with live music was hosted by Excelsior Brewing company in downtown Excelsior.

 

Proceeds from the race entry fees were donated to the ICA Food Shelf program.

1st Annual Big Island & Back! 10K Paddle - August 2014

Postscript:

What a day we had! Yesterday's event was a blast! First off, thank you and congrats to everyone who signed up! You were awesome! Smiles everywhere, not a grouch or complainer in the bunch, just a lot of positive energy and good sports all around!

A huge thank you to our volunteers and sponsors--you made this day possible and a big success! Thanks also go to the organizing committee and race director, Rick Carter.

 
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Hey folks! It's summer and we've got a great new event planned. It's the Big Island and Back Paddle Event!

Tune up your canoe, kayak or paddleboard and head on over to Excelsior Beach on Saturday, August 16 for a friendly race out to Big Island and back. After the event we will have refreshments, drinks and entertainment at the Excelsior Brewery!

This event is a benefit for the ICA Food Shelf and The Freshwater Society.

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