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Official Sanctioned Event

July 21, 2018 in Beulah & Frankfort, MI

Crystal Lake SUP Challenge

Start of the the Crystal Lake Challenge


CRYSTAL LAKE SUP 6 mile/3mile/1.5 mile CHALLENGE

Come paddle on one of the most pristine lakes in Michigan… there is a reason it is called Crystal Lake. The days events will start with the Crystal Lake SUP Challenge which will consist of an Elite 6 mile(2 LAPS)/ 3 mile(1 LAP) recreational and Junior Rec (13-16) 3 mile (1 LAP) and a FREE kids(age 7-12, kids must register) 1.5 mile(1/2 LAP) Diamond Configuration Buoy Race.  Children can do either the Junior Rec or the kids race, not both. All races are held under WPA rules and will have an Open Water Start and Finish. All Racers must have a leash on their board to participate.

Crystal Lake, the largest lake of this name in Michigan, is located near Lake Michigan in Benzie County about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Traverse City and about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Frankfort at 44°39′N 86°09′W. It measures approximately 2.5 by 8 miles (4 by 13 km), and has a maximum depth of 165 feet (50 m). At 9,854 acres (40 km2), it is Michigan’s ninth largest inland lake. Up to and through the American Civil War years Crystal Lake was known as “Cap Lake” due to the frequent whitecaps visible on its surface. Crystal Lake is adjacent to the southern reaches of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Crystal Lake is surrounded by sandy beaches due to an attempt in 1873 to connect Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan via a channel. The lake level of Crystal Lake was higher than the level of Lake Michigan and when the channel was open, the water level in Crystal Lake dropped. Although the project was a failure, the lowering of the lake level uncovered sandy beaches, including the current public beach at Beulah. The watershed that feeds Crystal Lake is very small, and fertilizer and sewage outflows are minimal, leading to the exceptionally clear and beautiful water that gives it its current name. The surface area of the lake is 35% of the total area of the watershed (land and water combined).

-Information from the wikipedia entry

ALL RACERS REQUIRED TO WEAR A USCG APPROVED PFD DURING ALL RACES

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