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Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup Returns April 2nd & 3rd

Gig Harbor, Wash., March 8, 2016– Beautiful Gig Harbor will be the location for the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup on April 2nd & 3rd. The annual event will feature competitive paddle racing for kayaks, canoes and SUP, as well as outriggers and para-canoes. Proceeds benefit the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team. There are several exciting new elements to this fifth annual event including:

The Cross Narrows Challenge - Before there were steamboats, ferries and bridges, just how did everyone get to town? They rowed. The Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup celebrates this important part of our Peninsula’s history with the open water event, the Cross Narrows Challenge. Paddlers will start at Jerisich dock and paddle across the Tacoma Narrows to Owen’s Beach at Pt. Defiance and back. The route is approximately six miles round trip and this event will take place on Sunday.

Dragon Boat Racing - The corporate sponsored Dragon Boat Races are open to corporations, public service groups, clubs, small businesses and high schools. Participants of any level of fitness can quickly adapt to and develop a passion for this sport – no experience necessary! Boats will be provided by the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup. Team registration deadline is March 31st. This event will take place Sunday.

The Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup will be based at Skansie Brothers Park and Jerisich Dock in the heart of historic downtown Gig Harbor. Saturday’s events – 10K, 5K, relay races and knock off races, are within the harbor, Sunday’s events include Dragon Boat racing in the harbor, and the open water event, the Cross Narrows Challenge. See the schedule for the two-day event as well as the course layout at

Visit vendors with informational displays on water sports and equipment, skin care, health and wellness products, physical fitness, non-profit organizations focused on recreation or education, and delicious food offerings from community restaurants, all while the races are taking place. You will also have the ability to try out equipment, view new boats and learn more about human-powered watercraft sports.

Registration is now available for both competitors and dragon boats online at Special rates are available at Gig Harbor area hotels for participants. Rooms are limited so booking early is encouraged. For additional information about the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup please contact the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team Event Coordinator at

Supporting sponsors of the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup are the Gig Harbor Canoe & Kayak Racing Team, The City of Gig Harbor, and Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission. Additional support comes from The Skin Care Center, Heidi Rowntree-Gig Harbor New Home Real Estate, Heritage Distilling Co. and the Gig Harbor Marina and Boatyard.

Known as the most picturesque harbor in the Northwest, Gig Harbor is an easily accessible, relaxing destination with lots to see and do. Gig Harbor offers shopping along the waterfront as well as uptown, fine and casual dining, and overnight stays in small to mid-size inns and bed and breakfasts. Yachting is big here with private marinas and a public boat dock. Kayak, paddleboard and boat rentals are available as are harbor boat tours. The community’s fishing village heritage is evidenced at the Harbor History Museum and public landmarks. Several top golf courses including Chambers Bay and Gold Mountain are a short drive away, while trails, parks and charming neighborhoods invite walking and cycling. For additional visitor information on Gig Harbor, Washington’s Maritime City, please access


Karen Scott, City of Gig Harbor
Tourism & Communications Director
(253) 853-3554