7th Annual Deception Pass Dash
December 9, 2012
Deception Pass State Park, Washington
Race Director: Rob Casey
Our 2012 sponsors — please show the love and buy their stuff!
It’s the Northwest’s Premier Winter Paddlesports event!
OnLine Registration is closed. If you haven’t signed up, please do so at check-in, either 2-4pm Saturday or prior to the race on Sunday.
Through December 2nd: $49 per person
After December 2nd, including race day: $59 per person
Please note all fees are non-refundable. If you can’t make it to the race we will mail you your tee shirt or you can let us know to give it to a fellow racer. Or you’re welcome to send another racer in your place by contacting the race director in advance of race day.
2011 & earlier Dash info:
Thanks Ernie Wong for running the times and results through Webscorer for the iPad!
Pictures are in too, from some of the area’s top paddlesports photographers. Click their names below to see their Deception Pass Dash galleries. Please respect copyright laws, and repost/reuse by permission only.
The Dash started in 2006, the brainchild of evil sadistic paddlers Will Robens and Don Kiesling. Their idea: Challenge racers to sprint 2.5 miles around Deception Island and into the mouth of Deception Pass, before the current gets so strong that they can’t make it all the way to Strawberry Island on the far end of the Pass. The reward for those who pull it off? The satisfaction of knowing they’ve worked that hard to get halfway home! — and a fun ride, this time with the building ebb, all the way back to the finish.
Who would possibly show up for such a thing? 39 paddlers in 35 kayaks & surfskis showed up the first year. Since then, the word has spread and 186 racers came out in 2010, paddling SUPs, outriggers, prone paddleboards and pedalboats along with some of the same sea kayakers and surfski racers who came out in year 1.
Here’s the infamous secret pirate map of the race route: