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TriSUP sponsors 3rd Annual Appalachian Challenge SUP and Kayak Race

July 23, 2015

The third annual Appalachian Challenge SUP (stand up paddleboard) and kayak race will take place Saturday, August 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Sportsman Marina, 23511 Sportsman Drive, Abingdon, on South Holston Lake. It is open to paddleboards and kayaks. The event is sponsored by TriCities Stand Up Paddleboard store (TriSUP) in downtown Bristol, TN, and features a 12-mile long race, a 3-mile short race and a fun race.

Previously held during the Watagua Lake Triathlon, the race was moved to South Holston this year as a stand-alone event. Competitors can sign up for the event ahead of time at www.paddleguru.com or the day of the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will be awards for first, second and third place in a variety of categories. All entries will include an event t-shirt and a Damascus Brewery cold beverage.

The event is sanctioned by the Southern Stoke Paddle Series and also sponsored by Sportsman Marina, Bristol Yoga, Hala Boards, Damacus Brewery, Iron Mountain Cross Fit, Mountain Sports and Gurrnaid Energy Drink. The marina restaurant Broken Ski Grill will have a band performing at 8 p.m. Bristol Yoga will have SUP yoga from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for beginners/intermediates and at 4 p.m. for advanced. TriSUP will offer free demos for curious participants and have boards available for rental.

"This will be a day-long fun event for participants and spectators alike," says Jack Nelson, TriSUP manager. "We even have a Fun Race so locals can run a race course and experience the thrill without the pressure. Bristol Yoga will have yoga on the boards, we'll have boards for demo and rental and there's a bar and restaurant with a band that evening."

For more information, call TriSUP at 423-652-0220 or go to the website www.Trisup.net or Facebook page at Tri.Sup. TriSUP, located at 514 State Street in Bristol, TN, is the region's only dedicated Stand Up Paddleboard Store selling boards, accessories, kayaks, eBikes (electric) and providing lessons and rentals. The three-year-old TriSUP is locally owned and operated.