Conceived as a response to the USCA Marathon Nationals. The Mere Mortals Race was born as a way to offer regional athletes an option while elite athletes travel up for the Marathons.
The race takes place on the beautiful Suwannee River in North Central Florida. Course options include 3, 6 and 12-mile routes.
Director William Schaet is on his third year at the helm since taking over for Larry Fredericks and has puposefully kept the low-key and accessible for all.
Cost is an outrageously low $10, but the better deal is to sign on as a member of the Florida Competition Paddlers Association and receive a monthly newsletter and free admission to all twelve of the yearly events they sponsor for---$10!
Camping options are located on site at the Suwannee River State Park. Sites should remain available through race day.
Afterwards, stay for a low-key cookout and explore the surrounding park.
From the Website:
"When all the champions and professionals are preparing for, and traveling to, the US Nationals, the only folks left are us MERE MORTALS. This race is for everyone; young and old, fast and slow, stand-up and sit-down. There is plenty of water to float your boat without risking damage to your investment.
Hosted at Suwannee River State Park by Will Schaet, Jim Connell and the Florida Competition Paddlers Association. This race is for both recreational and competitive paddlers in canoes, kayaks, surf-skis, OCs, and SUPs. There will be three distances: 3 mile, 6 mile and 12 mile. All but the 3 mile will paddle on both the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers.
We will start and finish at the boat ramp at Suwannee River State Park just outside Live Oak, FL. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the race will start at 10:00 AM. Registration fee is $10.00 for non-FCPA members.
We will have a hot dog and burger cook-out after the race where we will hand out the awards.
Contact Will at email@example.com to pre-register and for more details."