Join in all the fun and feel great about supporting a very important Missoula Food Bank program geared toward kids.

The 10th annual Windermere SUP Cup is Sunday, July 17. The SUP Cup is a 4.6-mile stand-up paddleboard competition on the Clark Fork River. Contestants are shuttled from McCormick Park to the starting point, Sha-Ron recreation site in East Missoula (or you can be dropped off there by someone). Check in time is from 10:00 a.m - noon at McCormick, which is also where the cool after-party will be going on.

The event, sponsored by Missoula's Windermere Real Estate, features Recreational and Elite divisions. Yep, there are some dedicated and very competitive paddleboard enthusiasts who compete on various circuits, battling for the jackpot. But do not feel like you have to be in that high-level class to be a winner and have a great time.

Recreational participants will be competing for various prizes. If you don't have a stand-up paddleboard, limited rentals are available, but you may want to check on that very soon.

Following the race, Winderemere will host the McCormick Park celebration with music, drinks, food and prizes.

This annual fundraising event helps support the Missoula Food Bank's EmPower Pack Program, which provides nutritious weekend food for children when they do not have access to meals at school. From preschool through high school students, EmPower Pack helps kids at 39 different meal sites in Missoula, Lolo, Bonner, Frenchtown, Clinton, and Alberton.

Got lots of questions about registration fees, rules, paddleboard rentals, age and life jacket requirements and more? Well, we sure hope you do and that you will consider helping such a worthwhile cause in western Montana. Check out the Windermere SUP Cup page here and full speed ahead on July 17!

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