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Paddlers sprint for glory in Lula Bridge Race
Paddlers participate in practice races for the USACK Sprint National Championships at Clarks Bridge Park in Gainesville.

Lula Bridge Race

When: Saturday, March 16; registration begins 8 a.m., athlete meeting 9:30 a.m., race begins 10 a.m.

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville

How much: $25

More information: Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club, 770-287-7888

Paddlers will again take on the waters of Lake Lanier for the annual Lula Bridge Race on Saturday, March 16.

The event is sponsored by the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, headquartered at the Lake Lanier Olympic venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by an athlete meeting at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per person.

Participants can choose between five different race distances ranging from 4.3 to 25.8 kilometers (2.7 to 16 miles), with an added distance this year of 12.8K.

The course will end at the finish tower at the Lake Lanier venue.

Divisions are offered for single and double canoe and kayak in male, female, bantam, juvenile, junior, senior, Master 1 (ages 30-50) and 2 (50 and older), coed and parent/child (under age 14).

Racers will also have the opportunity to take advantage of bypass portages if they are not interested in competing in the International Canoe Federation category.

In addition to a signed waiver, participants will also have to provide proof of their USA Canoe/Kayak membership. If racers aren’t a part of USACK, they can pay a $10 event-only membership fee.

Spectators will be able to view the entire race from the grandstands at the venue.