Monday, June 22, 2009

Plan for the Odell Lake Oregon Pioneer Cup Race July 25, 2009

(July 22, 2009) NOTE From John Milandin: I understand that the Forest Service is going to post a warning today. The race is still on and participation is each persons call. You can rinse off at the east end if you wish. The lake has been turning since time immemorial and during my 11 years as manager of the east end lodge when algae turns were heavier, there were no problems. I have seen no clinical studies based on the current science.

Time to plan for the Odell Lake Pioneer Cup Paddle Race at Lake Odell, Oregon this July 2009. This downwind paddle race is decades old and originally was just canoes. The race now includes surf skis, SUP stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and most any other paddle powered craft. Janet and John Milandin will be running the race again this year.

The course is about 5 miles downwind, and at the end is a BBQ (additional fee - please support this effort by the lodge) on the deck at the historic Odell Lake Lodge. The race entry fee includes an official Odell Lodge Resort ball cap and a chase boat for those just-in-case situations.

The race is very non-intimidating and a good race for your first stand up paddle board race. It's a straight down-winder so even if you just stand there, you'll eventually blow to the finish line! Some years John has a special "Sightseers Award" for the last racer to cross the finish line. If you're an experienced paddle boarder you'll love the challenge of racing other seasoned athletes.

Please come join in this summer. If you're traveling, there are clean Forest Service Campgrounds both on the lake or nearby, or stay at the Odell Lake Lodge Resort.

Read our prior posts for more pre-race details. Remember that you can get your Stand up Paddle gear (maybe even FASTER gear) at

WHEN: Saturday July 25, 2009
  • Registration 8 to 10 AM
  • Race begins 11 AM
  • Depending on the craft, the race is about 45 - 90 minutes. Most Stand up paddle board racers last year came in around an hour.
WHERE: Odell Lake, Oregon - Hwy 58 about 70 minutes from Bend, Oregon. Meet at the West end Shelter Cove Resort. The take out is at the East end, Odell Lake Lodge.

COST: Registration @ race $15/person (includes hat)

Odell Lake Race Classes: (If you need a canoe, let John know and possibly he can arrange a rental.)
canoe -open, local
kayak-solo, tandem
outrigger - solo, tandem
stand up paddle

BARBEQUE: This costs a little more, usually around $10.00 or so (I'm not sure). Barbeque following the race on the porch at the lodge! Be sure to plan to stay for the meal. We always take a group photo after the race.

WEATHER: Odell Lake, Oregon, is a high mountain lake. Summer paddling temperatures have been as cold as 49 F (note the photo of us in wetsuits and ski hats was an August day) and as warm as in the mid 90's F (the photo with Jason Bowerman - first place SUP paddle board race winner 2008). Come prepared with cold and warm weather equipment.

For further info call John or Janet Milandin at 541-782-2815

Note: Life Jackets are REQUIRED. We sell a waist pack life jacket perfect for stand up paddle boarding that doesn't get in the way.
Thank you for buying your SUP gear from us, we appreciate your support.

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