Ft. DeSoto Paddle Roundup and Shore Explore - April 17-19, 2015
It is a perfect time to come to Tampa Bay! Spring breakers are gone, vacancy signs are up, prices have dropped and the weather couldn’t be better!

Where to stay

The Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove (closest hotel to the race site) is offering Roundup Racers rooms with coffee makers and refrigerators for $95.99 per night. Campsites at Ft. DeSoto are packed with racers and allow two tents per site.

There are cheap flights

Just checked in on Allegiant Air that conveniently flies into the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport and found some pretty great one-way fares for Friday, April 17th:
Charlotte to St. Pete       $66.50
Columbus to St. Pete    $126.50
Greensboro to St. Pete    $81.00
Asheville to St. Pete      $107.00
Cincinnati to St. Pete     $137.00
Chattanooga to St. Pete $123.00

CNN just voted Ft. DeSoto Park one of 2015’s top 10 Beaches in the US for Families

This is a “first of its kind” event packed with eco/shore activities taking place on a nature preserve course that has never been raced. Currently, we have more distance paddlers registered than short course racers. The Roundup welcomes Prone, SUP, Surfskis and OC’s. Some of our touring favorites will be tuning up for the Carolina Cup including Danny Ching, Kelsa Gebehart, Bailey Rosen, Kristin Thomas and the entire Florida JR SUP Team.

Mike Metzger

Florida’s own Coach Mike Metzger is back in the saddle and hosting a stroke clinic!

They have boards

KM Hawaii will have Race Board Rentals, please contact JoJo if you need one!


Other stuff to do for the non paddlers

  • SUP Yoga with H2YO
  • PaddleFit Challenge
  • Cast netting with Dusty
  • Sea oat planting with an Eagle Scout
  • Florida Naturalist Eco Tours with Paige & YOLO
  • Make Repurposed t-shirt totes with Surfrider Foundation
  • Learn Aquaponics with Morningstar Fishermen
  • TIKI Toss Tournament
  • Dolphin Rescue Techniques with Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Stow it Don’t Throw it with MOTE Marine Laboratories
  • Flavor and Grind your own freshly harvested sea salt
  • Games with Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team


Prepare to enjoy Florida Cracker Fare at its best……..
  • Friday night’s welcome festivities include Shuffleboard and Ahi Tuna Tacos on Pass-A-Grille Beach (not cracker food, but our friend Isabelle makes killer Mexican).
  • Saturday Chef Tina will be cooking up a Low Country Boil complete with sausage, corn on the cob, red skin potatoes and fresh caught shrimp.
  • Sunday, local fish broker Tim Nachmann will deliver fresh smoked mullet to the park served up with coleslaw and cornbread.
  • And of course, boiled peanuts will be served all weekend long!

Info on the Ft. DeSoto Paddle Roundup & Shore Explore April 17-19, 2015

Silas Dent Waterman & Waterwoman Award

Finally, we will be honoring one Florida’s original paddlers and naturalists by awarding the Silas Dent Waterman & Waterwoman Award. This recognition will be bestowed on two individuals that inspire others, are great stewards of our waters and shores and who most exemplify the spirit and lifestyle of Silas Dent. Here’s a cool article about Silas Dent, the original Cabbage Key Farmer who was part recluse, part pioneer, but definitely a character: NIE: The ‘Happy Hermit of Cabbage Key’ – Tampa Bay Times www.sptimes.com/2002/05/13/NIE/The__Happy_Hermit_of_.shtml



  1. […] This classic beachside course in St. Petersburg is a friendly option for both seasoned racers and new triathletes. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Escape from Fort Desoto, and no doubt its the location that keeps people coming back. Ranked as one of the top-ten beaches in the United States, Park Fort Desoto is made up of five interconnected islands and over 1,100 acres of white sand beaches and Florida greenery. The 0.5-mile swim takes place in calm, crystal-clear water. Both the 10-mile bike ride and half-paved 5K run are virtually hill-free, helping you finish confidently (and get closer to a new PR!)(Image via Distressed Mullet) […]


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