O'AHU, HAWAI'I - Pre-registration continues for the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer presented by the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center, a standup paddle race Saturday, February 9 benefiting skin cancer awareness.
A fast sprint along O'ahu's Waikiki shoreline, the short-course race from Kaimaina Beach to just beyond Fort DeRussy is designed to encourage paddlers of all levels to come out and support the cause.
The first-time event is the latest initiative in the ongoing partnership between Xcel and the UHCC to fight skin cancer in Hawai’i and beyond. All event proceeds benefit the UHCC, which celebrates its new world-class, 150,000 square foot Cancer Center grand opening in late February. Free skin cancer screenings, open to all, will be given at the finish line by the Hawai'i Skin Cancer Coalition.
All race finishers receive automatic entry into the event's random prize drawing at the finish line, with prizes including:
A 2-night, ocean view stay at the Parc Waikiki hotel
iBlowfish inflatable surfboard and SUP paddle by C4 Waterman
SUP board by Surftech
North Shore surf/SUP guided day tour and personal surf/SUP video package courtesy of Ty Gurney Surf School and 83 East Video Productions
Sunglasses from Maui Jim
Prize packs and gift certificates from Island Sole, Kona Red, and Vertra
Always a good time, C4's multi-paddler SUPsquatch inflatable SUP will also make an appearance.
Presented by the UHCC, the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer is made possible through the generosity of event sponsors, including the Friends of the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center, Standup Paddle Magazine, the Parc Waikiki hotel, C4 Waterman, Surftech, Kona Red, Vertra, Island Sole, Ty Gurney Surf School, and 83 East Video Productions. Hawaiian Water Patrol will provide world-class water safety. Timing and online registration will be provided by Pacific Sports Events and Timing.
Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer Schedule of Events
8:00 – 9:30am: Check in and on-site registration
9:45am: Safety briefing
10:00am: Race start
Finish Line: Awards presentation, raffle prize drawings, free skin cancer screenings, and more
Recognized globally and trusted locally, Xcel is a core wetsuit brand engineering innovative product for all conditions. Founded in 1982 on the North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i, Xcel draws upon its authentic watersports heritage and technical design expertise to deliver superior quality, construction, and fit. To learn more about Xcel, please visit xcelwetsuits.com.
About the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center
The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center in Hawaii and the Pacific. The Center’s mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education and patient care with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural and environmental characteristics of Hawaii and the Pacific. To learn more, please visit uhcancercenter.org.