• Paddle at the Porch Purse Increases to $6K, Offers Kids Fun Race

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    August 04, 2015
    Destin, Fla., Aug. 3 – The 4th Annual Paddle at the Porch features a $6,000 cash purse! The event will take place on Aug. 15, in the beautiful emerald green waters behind The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Fla.  It features one mile and three mile recreational races, a six mile elite race, and a kids’ fun race.
                   
    The cash purse will be split among the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place racers in our 12'6" Men's Elite and 12'6" Women's Elite races. First place will receive $1,500, second place will receive $1,000, and third place will receive $500.
                   
    The kids’ fun race, new to the event, allows ages 12 and under to compete on a shorter course. Medals will be awarded to the top three boy and girl racers.
                   
    A portion of race proceeds will benefit Building Homes for Heroes, a national non-profit organization rebuilding the lives and supporting the men and women injured while serving the country during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It builds or modifies homes and gifts them, mortgage- free, to veterans and their families.
                   
    For the 3- and 6-mile races, the cost is $60 before Aug. 15, and $75 on race day.  For the 1-mile race, the cost is $48 before Aug. 15, and $55 on race day.  For the kids’ fun race, the cost is $12 before Aug. 15, and $15 on race day. Registration may be completed on Active.com. The first 200 to register in the 1, 3, and 6 miles races are guaranteed t-shirts. There is no t-shirt given for the kids’ fun race.
                   
    Thank you to partners BOTE and The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House, in conjunction with Cash Purse Sponsors The Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Destin Commons, Okaloosa Heart & Vascular Center, and ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals; Platinum Sponsor Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.; Gold Sponsors 99Rock, Advocare Independent Distributor - threesixtywellnessnola.com, Buffalo Rock Pepsi, Destin Magazine, Gulf Coast Beach Cams, Legacy Boating Club, MC Photo, Miller’s Ale House of Destin, and Mobi-mat Mobility Material; Accommodations Sponsors Destin Gulfgate, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Southern, Sterling Resorts and Realty, and SummerPlace Inn; Silver Sponsors Coastal Bank and Trust and GUSU Paddle and Surf; and Bronze Sponsor YOLO Board and Beach.
                    
    Stay up-to-date on all race details at PaddleAtThePorch.com or follow Facebook.com/PaddleAtThePorch.

    For photos of the 2014 Paddle at the Porch, please visit our photo galleries:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/destinareachamber/sets/72157646608023025
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/destinareachamber/sets/72157646191766370
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