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This year, SUP racing in Chicago expands to 2 Days! This event is part of the Midwest Paddle League. 

Day 1 - Lincoln Park Boat Club Lagoonapalooza (Register here)

Day 2 - Chicago SUP - Lake Michigan Open Water Challenge (Register here)  

Lagoonapalooza - Day 1

Join us for a full day of flatwater racing and  fun on the spectator friendly Lincoln Park Lagoon with the backdrop of the Chicago Skyline, presented by Lincoln Park Boat Club.

We have options for all experience levels: 6 Mile, 3 Mile and 1 Mile races, a SUP Stretch and a Paddlefit Class. See Schedule Tab for details. 

Bring the whole family and let everyone experience what paddling in the Windy City is all about!

Board Rentals & Storage

Boards will be provided for the SUP Stretch and Paddlefit classes only

6 Mile, 3 Mile and 1 Mile Fun racers will have to provide their own board, paddle, leash and pfd.

A limited number of boards can be rented from Lincoln Park Boat Club for the 1 Mile fun race only. Please contact the race organizer.

Previous day drop-off and overnight storage of boards available upon request. Space is limited. Please contact the race organizer. 


In order to promote paddling safety, a pfd and leash are mandatory. 

Participants will have to follow all instructions of the race organizers. Recreational paddling on the race course during races will not be permitted. 

Early-Bird Discounts

Pre-registered racers save $10 over race day registration. 


Top 3 from each category, male and female, will receive race medals.

14 & Under Division includes stock race board sizes 14' and 12'6. Surf/Rec Division includes any boards 12'2 and under

All categories will be tracked for Midwest Paddle League points.

About Lincoln Park Boat Club

Proceeds of this race will benefit Lincoln Park Boat Club. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to bringing rowing and paddling to all in the Chicago community, regardless of physical or financial abilities. Learn more about our mission here. 

Vendors and Sponsors to be announced soon! 

Day 2 - The Lake Michigan Open-Water ChallengeRace 

Do you got what it takes to conquer Lake Michigan? Join us for the inaugural Lake Michigan Open Water Challenge.

This is Day 2 of Chicago SUP racing with two race options:

  • Long Course - 10 Miles - This race is geared towards the advanced SUP racer. 

  • Short Course - 3 Miles - This race is for the less experienced racer, however, Lake Michigan conditions can be challenging. This is not a beginner event. 

Beginner race options are available on Day 1 - visit the event site here. 

Categories and Awards

Awards will be given to the top 3 Male and Female finishers.

Long Course: SUP 14' and under

Short Course:  SUP 14' and under and SUP Surf/Rec (12'2" and under)

Results will count towards Midwest Paddle League points. 

Board Rentals:

Board rentals will be available through CHICAGO SUP. Reserve early to ensure availability. 

Weather & Safety:

The race will be held rain or shine. Course modifications will me made base on conditions. In the event of severe storms or unsafe conditions the race will be delayed or canceled. 

A US Coast Guard approved pfd and leash will be required for all racers. 

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