The human body, unlike raisins, white wine, and the wit of Oscar Wilde, isn't meant to be dry. Return to man's natural habitat with today’s Groupon to The Big Heart Paddle's charity standup paddleboard race at the Miami Yacht Club on September 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get general admission for two to the event and party (a $50 value).
- For $37, you get entry for one to the 3-mile race (a $75 value).
- For $50, you get entry for one to the competitive 5-mile race (a $100 value).
The Big Heart Paddle challenges philanthropic paddleboarders with 3- and 5-mile races, the proceeds of which benefit Bravery Beads, an organization dedicated to serving children with cancer. A sprawling 3-mile course welcomes any type of standup board, which racers steer through the water using standard paddles or inflatable pool noodles. The competitive 5-mile race allows only 12.5-inch stock boards, supplying loaners to those who need them, and putting entrants of all experience levels on an even playing field in order to show off refined paddling techniques or the ability to leap from board to dolphin back. Kicking off with a prerace coffee and breakfast, the event extends into a party, boasting an array of energy boosters such as a DJ, photo booth, and free beer, with event sponsors including Kona Brewery, Fratelli La Bufala, Lime Fresh Mexican, Zico, and more. All participants and spectators can attend, taking the opportunity to witness the Most Stylish Paddle award and to swap anecdotes about besting Poseidon.
A limited supply of paddleboards are available; racers are encouraged to bring their own.