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7 Good Reasons for Taking Up a Paddling Challenge

Submitted by on August 28, 2017 – 9:56 pm

I am sorting my old blog posts and moving some of them into a new format. This one was originally posted almost 10 years ago on October 11, 2007.


It is good to read time to time a motivational article. Dawn Stewart (WaterTribe’s SandyBottom) in her recent blog post Dreams/Goals/Challenges talks about setting her own challenges and supporting other’s in theirs. She gives us 7 really good reasons to take up a challenge:


  1. Daring to chase your dreams
  2. To find out what you are capable of physically and mentally
  3. To learn the power of commitment and determination
  4. Doing something for your personal satisfaction
  5. Becoming a role model for your Family and/or Friends
  6. Learning about the process of reaching difficult long term goals
  7. Striving to achieve something personally difficult & challenging

So, you can have fun and be a role model at the same time. 12 miles or 1200 miles, the distance is not important. Of course, it does not need to be paddling.

SandyBottom has completed several ultra marathon paddling races including three 300 mile WaterTribe Everglades Challenges, 1200 mile Ultimate Florida Challenge and Missouri River 340 Race.


What are your reasons to participate in long distance paddling races?

Personally, I started my ultra marathon racing in 2002 from Texas Water Safari, then I added WaterTribe Challenge and during last 12 years I’ve been focusing on Missouri River 340 race. This year I tried to step outside of my comfort zone and races a stand up paddleboard (72, 50 and 340 miles on the Missouri River). I am not longer asking myself a question why I am doing it. It’s just my lifestyle.

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