Lagoon Water Races Encourages Chicagoans To Grab A Paddle

Jennifer Keiper
August 02, 2019 - 8:10 pm

(Jennifer Keiper/WBBM)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Lollapalooza isn't the only palooza happening this weekend.

Lagoonapalooza will race the Lincoln Park lagoon Saturday and Sunday on Lake Michigan, expanding the race festivities to two days for the first time. Flat-water racing will be offered on Saturday, and paddle board racing will take place Sunday. 

The event is part of the Midwest Paddle League and is sponsored by Chicago SUP and the Lincoln Park Boat Club, a nonprofit organization that aims to bring rowing and paddling to the Chicago community regardless of financial or physical abilities. All proceeds from the race will benefit the boat club.

Kirsten Lefeldt of the Lincoln Park Boat Club, said the club's Saturday event involves a full day of flat water racing for paddle board lovers. Although the lake is currently experiencing higher water levels, it's not a deterrent to the rows of paddle boats that line the boat club.

"Right now we have a little bit of a high water issue but it's a water sport; stop complaining," Lefeldt said, adding that the added water just makes the sport more exciting.

She said the Lincoln Park Boat Club, which offers classes in kayaking, canoeing, rowing and more, is encouraging people to come out for this weekend's paddle boat races, whether it's to take part or watch. 

Weekend water events at the Lincoln Park Lagoon and on nearby Lake Michigan are designed to get more people in Chicago to grab a paddle and step on a board. (Jennifer Keiper/.WBBM)

Ian Jacobsen, owner of Chicago SUP (which stands up for Stand UP Paddle Boarding) said Sunday's events move to Lake Michigan and the open water challenge.

"We are excited," Jacobson said. "If people want to show up, they can sign up onsite."

Those wanting to paddle in the fun and secure a spot ahead of the event can register online