Board Games: Round the Rock's Stand-Up Paddleboarding Race

Stand up for the eighth annual Round the Rock race
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One of the Pacific Northwest’s largest stand-up paddleboarding events returns September 17, when about 300 serious paddleboarders will wend their way around Mercer Island (aka The Rock) on a 13-mile course through Lake Washington’s sometimes choppy waters.

The event, based at Newcastle Beach Park in Bellevue, also includes a 3.5-mile race and a half-mile kids’ competition for ages 7–14. Landlubbers will find plenty of shoreside amusements, including live music, food trucks and paddleboarding demonstrations.

Spectator admission is free; race registration fees ($25–$85) and other event proceeds benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Bellevue, Newcastle Beach Park, 4400 Lake Washington Blvd. NE; 206.659.1787; roundtherock.com

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