Register now for the Inaugural Mermaid Chase 4K Paddling Race

Be one of the first to experience the new Bayport-Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail during the inaugural “The Mermaid Chase” 4K Paddling Race scheduled for April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will launch from and return to Linda Pedersen Park, located at 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., and have three hours to complete a 2.5-mile portion of the trail. Awards will be given to the fastest paddlers. Participants must provide their own kayak. Food vendors will be on site. Register now at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-mermaid-chase-paddling-race-tickets-32807565311.

Registration begins March 13 and ends April 6, 2017. The early bird entry fee is $35 through March 24. The price increases to $40 on March 25. Proceeds will go to the Gulf Coast Academy of Science and Technology Center to build and maintain a salt marsh grass nursery to help complete living shoreline and fisheries enhancement projects along the Hernando County coastline.

“This is an exciting event for a great cause,” Chairman Wayne Dukes said. “This new coastal amenity will serve our residents and provide yet another reason for tourists to visit Hernando County’s Adventure Coast.”

The creation of the new Bayport-Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail was a collaborative effort among Hernando County Waterways, Extension, Tourism Development and Parks and Recreation departments. While kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding this scenic trail through Jenkins Creek, with a short jaunt to Redfish Bayou, you will be immersed in a vibrant, tidal estuary home to a variety of wildlife. Paddlers can access this nearly five-mile winding waterway for free from official launch sites at both Bayport and Linda Pederson parks.

  • Bayport Park, 4140 Cortez Blvd., Bayport, FL 34607
  • Linda Pederson Park, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., FL 34607