Returning in 2020, the Loop (previously the Donner Lake race)e is guaranteed to be a hoot ... and competitive, as individual paddlers navigate the two-loop course. Here are the details.
The Loop is the first in the 2020 Tahoe Cup Paddle Race Series, The Loop takes place on the pristine waters of Donner Lake in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Surrounded by gorgeous peaks, Donner Lake is a hidden treasure for paddlers - calm, scenic, and fast. It is a freshwater lake in Northeast California on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, and just minutes from historic Truckee, CA. Register
Day-of registration and the race start at West End Beach of Donner Lake, Truckee, CA.
There are three races available: the Single Shot, the Double Shot, and the Grom Race.
Grom Race (1 mile): A one-mile loop starting and finishing on West End Beach, and hugging the shore of Donner Lake.
Single Shot (4 miles): The race format includes one 4-mile, circular, buoy-marked loop on the lake. Racers start in the water on their craft, and bring it home through the finish arch.
Double Shot (8 miles): The race format includes two 4-mile, circular, buoy-marked loops on the lake. The finish is back on the beach - participants must exit their craft and run through the finish arch.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL AND CRAFT TYPE: The Loop is suitable for all level paddlers and paddle craft, including outrigger (OC1 and OC2), surf ski (1 and 2-person), SUP, and prone boards. Two-person team relays are welcome. Team outrigger racing (OC6) is available, too.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RACE
How do the laps work for the Double Shot?
Each racer must complete two laps around the circular, buoy-marked course on Donner Lake. The course is clearly marked with buoys, and on-water safety personnel will direct paddlers to ensure the course is clear.
How long is each lap?
Each circuit of the lake is ~4 miles, so with two laps per race for the Double Shot, the total race distance is ~8 miles. The Single Shot is one four-mile loop.
What type of craft are allowed?
We invite paddlers on an OC1 or OC2 outrigger canoe, one-person and two-person surf ski, SUP, or prone board to participate in the race. OC6 team outrigger crews are welcome to participate and you will find the course fast and a bit technical - a good challenge.
Are relay teams permitted?
Yes. We invite tandem teams to participate. For the Double Shot, the first team member completes Lap 1 (~4 miles) and hands off to team member 2 to complete Lap 2 (also 4 miles). The handoff takes place at the water's edge just in front of the beach and spectators.
Is a leash required?
For safety reasons, leashes are mandatory for OC1, prone, and SUP boards. Any craft identified without a leash secured during the race may be penalized or disqualified.
In a relay team, which team member starts?
That's up to you. Strategically, the person who starts will very likely establish the team's overall position within the pack, while the second team member does the last leg and finishes the race. There is definitely a potential tactical advantage in choosing the right order for the members of a relay team.
Can relay teams be mixed - men and women?
Definitely. Our race categories include teams of two men, two women, or one man and one woman.
What type of craft are included?
Teams can compete on a SUP, OC1, OC2 surf ski, double surf ski, prone board, and OC6 teams.
What are the prize categories?
Podium prizes will be awarded by gender, age, and craft type.
Do you have any questions? Email us - we'll get back to you quickly.