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The third annual Calusa Palooza is coming to Estero

Posted at 11:23 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 23:23:09-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. --- The third annual Calusa Palooza is headed back to Southwest Florida April 7th. 

The Calusa Palooza is held at Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road in Estero and features a competitive race event organized by the College of Life Foundation for paddling enthusiasts. 

Families can enjoy the Estero River race that includes events for standup paddle boarders, kayaks, outrigger canoes and surf-skis. Races include an 8-mile race, 4-mile race and a free quarter-mile Calusa Kids Race.

"My goal as a race director is to get our community involved in paddle sports while supporting a great cause," said Brandy Minchew, Calusa Palooza race director. "This race is not only for our local competitive racers, but for our everyday paddler as well." 

Pre-registration is required for racers. There will not be an opportunity to register the day of the event. The entry fee is $35 for residents who plan to race. All proceeds from the Calusa Palooza will benefit a summer camp for underprivileged youth, which includes youth paddling sports in Southwest Florida. 

The event is free to spectators and several locations along the river offer vantage points. 

To register or for a full list of scheduled events visit []