Ocean City Today

Sixth annual Battle on the Bay at Fager’s Island, Sat.

By Kara Hallissey | Aug 24, 2017

(Aug. 25, 2017) Races and activities for stand-up paddleboarders of all skill levels will take place this Saturday at Fager’s Island on 60th Street during the sixth annual Battle on the Bay.

Those interested in enjoying a day out on the water can participate in a 6-mile ELITE Race, 3-mile FUN Recreational Race, children’s race or an obstacle course for paddleboards.

“Support a great cause with a fun vibe,” said Dawn Ehman, race organizer and owner of OC SUP and Fitness.

Day-of registration and packet pickup will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Fager’s Island before Battle on the Bay officially launches at 9 a.m. with the 6- and 3-mile races. At noon, a Kids SUP Race begins followed by the SUP obstacle course shortly after.

The exact route will be determined on race day based on wind conditions and the tide.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each race, Ehman said.

Last year, more than 100 people took to the water during Battle on the Bay’s paddleboarding events.

After the races, spectators and participants can enjoy food and drinks while DJ Hook spins the tunes, in addition to browsing a couple vendors in attendance.

“[Battle on the Bay is a] fun time on the water [while] supporting a great cause,” Ehman said.

Funds raised during the event will be donated to Coastal Hospice by the Ocean in honor of Sheryl Mitrecic. She was routinely on hand to sing the national anthem before races. MItrecic lost her battle against breast cancer this May.

“This is a charity event,” Ehman said. “This year we will be honoring Sheryl Mitrecic and the proceeds will go to Hospice by the [Ocean].”

Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, a new hospice residence and outreach center in Ocean Pines, is intended to be a safe place to live for those who cannot manage on their own and lack a home caregiver.

It will have 12 patient rooms designed to feel like home and many will have waterfront views. There will be community rooms and gardens, a library and meditation room, sunroom and deck.

The hospice home will also offer palliative care, in addition to, bereavement support and counseling.

Registration in advance for the races costs $55 for the 6-mile ELITE Race, $50 for the 3-mile FUN Recreational Race, $10 for the Kids SUP Race and $10 for the SUP obstacle course, which is open to all ages. Prices will increase for those who register the day of the event for races, Ehman said.

The entry fee includes a T-shirt, lunch and a beer for participants 21 and older.

There is no spectator cover charge at Fager’s Island during the event.

Visit www.paddleguru.com to register for the Battle on the Bay races.

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