sqrtrWashington's Mercer Island is set to host the Pacific Northwest's  largest Stand Up Paddle (SUP) race Sept. 27, 2009.  All proceeds from entrants and sponsors will benefit the, Surfrider Foundation's Seattle and South Sound Chapters. The Seattle and South Sound Chapters will be using funds raised to set up Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) labs.  These BWTF groups will be testing the water in various locations in which we recreate.

The 'Round the Rock event is actually two races on Lake Washington, in the middle of Seattle.  The namesake race is a 13-mile endurance paddle around the entirety of Mercer Island.  A shorter 2.5-mile race will be held after the longer race has concluded.  In addition to the event, there'll be booths with equipment and merchandise on display and instruction and demos for the public.  The entry fee is $35 for Surfrider Foundation members and $50 otherwise. The event is free of charge to attend.

"The 'Round the Rock Stand Up Paddle Race" initially started as an idea to get a few buddies to paddle around the island," says Dan Eberhardt, co-organizer with Jeff Underwood.  "In a short period of time it's generated so much interest, that it's shaping up to be a big event.  We have entrants from all over Washington and Oregon signed up, including several from California.  And inquiries from as far away as Florida."

For more information about The First Annual 'Round the Rock Stand Up Paddle Race, visit www.roundtherock.com.