March 30th-April Fools Kiterider Run
It has been announced due to favorable winds on Sun. that the â€œApril Fools Kiterider Runâ€ will take place on March 30th. Wind forecast ENE 15-20 mph and building.
Hereâ€™s how the event will transpire:
Registration starts Sat. afternoon at the oTHErside boardsports at mm 87. Riders will receive T-shirts, armbands, assigned a number and a map of the course. Registration fees are $40/person and additional hands for $10 (you must be a registered rider to purchase extra hands). Registration will resume Sun. at 9 am until 12pm. Riders are required to launch their kites after they have received their first playing card no earlier than 11 am. The cutoff time to get on the water is 1 pm. The stops (station boats) along the way are TBA. But most likely 1stt stop Launch area at Harry Harris Park, 2nd stop Tavernier Key, 3rd stop Hog Heaven sandbar, 4th stop Indian Key, and last stop at Anneâ€™s Beach. Station boats will have identifying flags on board. No loitering at Anneâ€™s Beach because the party will start soon after the last kite lands.
The party will be at the Oceanveiw Inn at mm 84.5 bayside. Here we will announce the winner, raffle prizes (vendors bring goodies), open jam session and food/drinks will be available. Prize money will be determined by the number of riders. Jokers will placed in the decks and if a joker is drawn the rider will receive $100 and their next card.
Attention riders: Make sure your equipment is in check: i.e lines, bridles, bladders, footstraps, harness and whatever else because weâ€™re limited on support boats. You must be an experienced rider. The launch is going to be technical (booties recommended) and you must be able to navigate a 20 mile downwind course. Less experienced riders can ride at either Whale Harbor Beach mm 83 or Anneâ€™s Beach mm 72 but are welcome to join the party Sun. afternoon starting about 4 pm at the OV.
Riders are encouraged to ride in groups but when approaching station boats spread out and give each other room. We have the right to remove any rider from the event for foolish riding without a refund. So kite right!
Riders who want to come down on Sat. and spend the night or stay Sun. (Good winds Mon/Tues 25+) here is a list of reasonable hotels:
Oceanview Inn 305-664-8052
Blue Fin Inn 305-664-8709
Sunset Inn 305-664-3454
Coconut Cove 305-664-0123
Breezy Palms 305-664-2361
This is the first ever Keys Kiterider Poker Run with your co-operation this event could be something to continue to do in the future. Car-pooling will be essential and if interested in volunteering please call the oTHErside at 305-853-9728. In the case of a no wind event the remainder of the hand will be played out at the party. In the case of a tie winners can split the prize money or have a playoff hand. Hope to see you this weekend.