The Body Glove CaluSUP Race is a WPA “World Paddle
Association” sanctioned, elite seven-mile Stand-Up Paddleboard race in the Gulf of Mexico.
Slated for Saturday, May 5 the CaluSUP will draw Stand up Paddlers to Fort Myers Beach’s
newest water sport event.
The one-day event benefitting Lee County Special Olympics includes a one-mile recreational
race, a family fun race, free demonstrations for the public and paddle activities. Festivities run
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 5th at Crescent Beach Family Park. Located at 1100 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach it is the newest beach park in Lee County Parks & Recreation.
The Body Glove CaluSUP Race is inspired by the Calusa Indians that once thrived throughout
South Florida’s coastal waters. Known as the shell people, the Calusa waterman skills were
essential to their daily activities until their extinction in the late 1700’s. This event celebrates the
fast-growing water sport of Stand-Up Paddle boarding as well as Lee County’s 190-mile canoe,
kayak and SUP trail in the Great Calusa Blueway. The Southwest Florida SUP Club is organizing
the event partnering with Body Glove and Lee County Parks & Recreation with 60% of all
proceeds benefitting the Lee County Special Olympics
The Body Glove CaluSUP Race is held in conjunction with Fort Myers Based Body Glove
Footwear’s launch of the 3tbarefoot, their newest innovation in water sports footwear
Racers of all abilities are welcome. Entry is $15 for club members, $30 for the public before April
24th, and $40 on race day. Special Olympic athletes can compete for free by contacting Dorothy
Barilla at (239) 432-2031. All others should contact SWFL SUP Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(239) 404-7453. Complete details can be found at www.swflsupclub.org. Paddling trail maps and
information are at www.calusablueway.com. Body Glove CaluSUP’s host hotel is the Best
Western Plus providing discounted rates for participants. www.bwbeachresort.com