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2nd Annual Chicago SUP YACS Classic

Benefiting: True North Treks
Jul 27
Hosted by:True North Treks
July 27, 2013 at 7:30am to
July 27, 2013 at 12:00pm
Montrose Beach map 601 W. Montrose Avenue Chicago, IL 60613
Goal: $10,000
$2,925 4 29% Complete

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TRUE NORTH TREKS, Surfrider Foundation-Chicago, Kayak Chicago, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, & Cerveza Pacifico Clara present the:

2nd Annual

Chicago SUP YACS Classic

Stand Up Paddleboard Race, Ride & Relay for Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Saturday, July 27, 2013



PURPOSE & HISTORY OF THE EVENT: This is our 2nd year putting on the Chicago SUP YACS Classic, which is a chance for everyone in the Chicagoland area to come down to Montrose Beach and STAND UP for Young Adult Cancer Survivors (YACS) through SUP races, relays and family-friendly beach activities. Co-founding organization, True North Treks in a nonprofit that provides free, week-long backpacking and canoeing treks in nature for young adults with cancer (ages 18-39) to help them "get back on track" after cancer treatment. Co-founding organization Surfrider Foundation-Chicago is a non-profit dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our lakes and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research, and education. Together, and with the support of Kayak Chicago, the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center and Cerveza Pacifico Clara, we're thrilled to be having this 2nd annual event, from which all proceeds will benefit young adults with cancer. 

WHAT SPONSORSHIP DOES: Becoming a sponsor is the best way to show your support for young adults with cancer and the organizations involved in this event who will use this support to provide direct services to this population. Here are some different ways that you or your organization can become involved as a sponsor: 

RACE DETAILS: Last year was a lot of fun, however we only had one 3-mile course for all of our adult and adolescent racing heats. We've tried to change things up a bit this year to make it even more fun and accessible to everyone, whether you're a pro SUP racer or this is your first time!

Check out your options:


Similar to last year, all races will start on the beach, but this year, they will finish in the water.

"Hardcores" Adult 3-Mile Heat (Men & women 18 & older). This heat is for more advanced/competitive SUP racers with previous SUP racing experience or interests. Adult men& women will race 1.5 miles North up the coast, turn around at a designated marker and race back to the finish.  

"Ride & Glide" Adult 3-Mile Heat (Men & women 18 & older). This heat is for those who are interested in the challenge of a 3-mile course, but are looking mostly for a nice ride & glide along the lake. Adult women will race 1.5 miles North up the coast, turn around at a designated marker and race back to the finish.

Adult & Adolescent 2-Mile Relay (13 & older).  Each 4-person team uses just 1 board to race .5 miles per person. All teams must have at least 1 female or male participant. This is a great opportunity for a group or friends or work colleagues to get fired up on the water!

Adolescent 1-Mile Heat (13-17). Adolescent boys and girls will race & ride .5 miles North up the coast, turn around at a designated marker and race back to the finish.

Kid's SUP Sprint (12 and under). The kid's SUP sprint will take place right at the beach front where a course will be set between 50 and 100 yards.

Beginner's SUP Clinic. If you've always wanted to try out a SUP board but aren't quite confident enough to join a race or relay this year, we'll have a SUP clinic at the beach front to teach basic SUP skills so you can give it a try.

COURSE DESCRIPTION & DETAILS:  We will operate along a 3-mile loop shown in the figure below. For the 3-mile races, participants will start at Montrose Beach and will head 1.5 miles north along the waterfront to Edgewater beach where they turn around back to Montrose Beach. For the 2-mile team relays, participants will start at Montrose beach and will head .25 miles north along the waterfront where they will turn around back to Montrose Beach. The kid's sprint will take place directly in front of Montrose beach. 

Adult and adolescent 3-mile racers will start from the beach front (e.g., running with boards into the water), beginnning with adult brackets, followed by the adolescent bracket. Relay events will go after that. More "recreational" participants who want to "ride & glide" the course will be asked to position themselves behind competitive racers as needed. The childrens' sprint will take place once the adolescent bracket has cleared the area.




     RACES, RELAYS & SPRINTS:                      9:00-11:30 AM

     BEGINNER'S SUP CLINIC:                            10:30-11:30 AM

     AWARDS CEREMONY:                                  11:30 AM -12:00 PM

     POST-RACE PARTY @ THE DOCK:            12:00 PM -3:00 PM


PRIZES: We're still working on our prizes and will continue to update this site as it gets closer. If you or your organization would be interested in donating a prize, please contact David Victorson (


TRAINING: Whether you've been standup paddle boarding for a while or this is your first time, if you're interested in any pre-event SUP training and exposure, please contact Kayak Chicago ( for opportunities!


REGISTRATION: Register online before July 27th or $75 race day registration (note, if you need to reserve a SUP board, the sooner you register the better as we can't guarantee you a board if you wait until the last minute). Cash, check or credit cards accepted on race day. NEED TO PRINT TICKET CONFIRMATION AND PRESENT AT EVENT SIGN IN.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We're looking for volunteers to help us with the following activities. Please contact David Victorson ( if you're interested: 

1. Promote the event and hang up flyers, share info to your online networks, etc.

2. Help us solicit sponsorship and/or prizes. We'd LOVE to give away a SUP board and other cool outdoor/water-related prizes that reflect the mission of the co-founding organizations True North Treks and Surfrider Foundation-Chicago

3. Be available during the race to help register participants, hand out goodie bags, register finishing times, etc.

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