Chasco Fiesta Kayak Race and Fun Paddle is March 27

Ken Tracey, one of the organizers of the Chasco Fiesta Kayak Race and Fun Paddle, tests the route along the Cotee River.

Ken Tracey | Special to the Times

Ken Tracey, one of the organizers of the Chasco Fiesta Kayak Race and Fun Paddle, tests the route along the Cotee River.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida Inc. of Port Richey will host the 2010 Chasco Fiesta Kayak Race and Fun Paddle on March 27.

Launch time will be 9:30 a.m. from the James E. Grey Preserve Kayak Launch off Plathe Road. Racers will go down the Cotee River, under the U.S. 19 bridge, across Miller's Bayou to Oelsner Park. There they will turn around and race back up the river to the finish line at Sims Park boat launch (about 8 miles). The race is a timed event with awards for the top three finishers.

Fun paddlers will start at 9:45 a.m. and paddle down the Cotee River to their finish line at the Sims Park boat launch (about 2 miles). This is not a timed event. The goal is to enjoy a leisurely paddle down the Cotee River.

The cost is $25 single, $35 tandem.

All participants will be eligible for several prize drawings including a 26-inch high-definition television and a Garmin portable GPS device. Awards and prizes will be presented at 12:30 p.m. at the floating boat dock at Sims Park.

A limited number of kayak rentals are available at special rates from Makai Kayak Rentals, (727) 232-1826, and Windsong Kayak Rentals, (727) 859-0213.

For registration information, call Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (727) 853-1010 or visit www.deafhhsfla.org.

Chasco Fiesta Kayak Race and Fun Paddle is March 27 03/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 9:32pm]

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