7th Annual Get Out Girl Paddle Jam

It's Time to Rise Up and Shine!

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Sun, October 18, 2020
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST
LOCATION

Lake Austin
Austin, TX 78732

Join us on the water for our 7th Annual Get Out Girl PaddleJam or create your own Get Out Girl Virtual Event! All proceeds benefit Operation Get Out, a 501c3 which provides Blue Mind experiences where #waterismedicine for our front line responders and veterans in memory and honor of Travis County First Responders Kristin McLain and Jessica Hollis.

 

This year more than ever is time to find our resilience, reclaim ourselves and our connection to each other, and Rise Up and Shine! It's been a year of immense uncertainty, stress, and challenge for many and we could all use a good dose of the power of nature and water to increase our own mental, emotional and physical well-being! All while connecting to our community in the wide expanse of the great outdoors, spacially distanced yet socially connected, while paddling in memory and honor of two amazing female Travis County first responders, Kristin McLain and Jessica Hollis, each who lost their lives within six months of each other serving Central Texas. 

 


KristinKristin was a Travis County StarFlight rescue nurse and part of starting our first Get Out Girl PaddleJam in 2014. She was a true Get Out Girl who spent most of her off time paddling, wake surfing, skiing, and boating on Lake Austin to reset and reconnect after tough shifts as a flight nurse. Jessica Hollis, Travis County Senior Deputy, utilized our local lakes similarly, spending family time on them for fun, but also personally benefiting from the calming effects of what being on the water does for your mind and emotions. Both of these inspiring women shared a common mind and heart of "blue" that is now being passed forward to touch the lives of other first responders on the water.

 

Their families and friends have come together to start Operation Get Out (OGO), a 501c3 that gives back to front line responders and veterans through scientifically validated Blue Mind experiences and events that give individuals and agencies the opportunity to experience the unlocking and wellness power of being in, near and on the water. This year OGO has set a goal of raising $100,000 for 400 inflatable paddleboards, backpacks, air pumps, and paddles for our front line responders to utilize for positive mental and emotional wellness experiences on the water using the science of "Blue Mind". All proceeds and donations from PaddleJam will go to OGO to benefit individuals and agencies experiencing stress, illness, anxiety, loss, and PTS.

In a time where so many resources have been taken away, the message that #waterismedicine is extremely important as a scientifically validated, easily and always accessible alternative therapy. The wave of recent fear, anxiety, depression, and life changes has had a ripple effect on the majority of our mental and emotional states. And even more devastating is that the data is showing 2020 will bring PTS, suicide and substance abuse rates to an all-time high for our first responders and front line workers.*

When we considered whether to have the event this year with all that is going on, we grounded ourselves in our beliefs and evidence that nature and water are the medicine we could all use a dose of at this time, for our bodies, minds, and spirits. And similarly, our front line workers are in more need than ever to Get Out and find the peace and tranquility that we all know the water can bring. 

 

Moving forward with PaddleJam this year is a tedious undertaking; things will be similar but different. We need to plan, yet remain fluid with the ability to pivot as needed. We want to continue the purpose and legacy while doing it in a safe, conservative way that allows participants to be comfortable in how they choose to participate. We do not want to skip a year, as it's important to us to ground in the wellness opportunity that nature and water can give each of us at this time, while we continue the mission in Kristin and Jessica's honor.

 

We are setting forth with the plan below, but please know we will stay connected to local needs and news, and if we have to or get to modify, you will be the first to know. 

 

Front Line Female Responders: Sponsorships are available for complimentary registration! Be our guest and send us your agency/organization information HERE and we will provide you with a VIP Registration Code!

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

  • An amazingly fun time on the water with lots of wide-open space with women and girls of all ages paddling with a bonded heart for a common cause - AND/OR create your own VIRTUAL EVENT!
  • Ability to TEAM UP and/or create your own PEER to PEER Fundraising page
  • Limited capacity with a fun Poker Run format - you launch, you paddle, gather your "Poker Hand" and turn them in at Jessica Hollis Park
  • Spacial distancing with a common desire and purpose. A "Self-Start" format with no land gatherings. Individuals with their own boards can launch wherever they are comfortable doing so. Rental equipment will be available at two different locations. (Public locations will be posted on our website for those individuals coming from out of town.) 
  • Five Miles of water support boats every mile from Quinlan Park to Jessica Hollis Park. At each of those miles, paddlers can pick up a card for their "Poker" hand. Best hands will be awarded at the Finisher's Floatilla
  • A "Finisher's Floatilla" on upper Lake Austin near Jessica Hollis Park with fun, food, drink, mimosa's, raffle announcements and "Best Hand Poker Run" prizes, spread out with numerous boats and space to distance as needed
  • Rental locations will be available at River Bend Boat Ramp and Jessica Hollis Park at designated times
  • Packet Pick Up will be available Thursday - Saturday at The Ski Dock prior to the event giving you plenty of time and space to get packets individually
  • Get Out Girl PaddleJam T-shirt
  • Bring your own equipment or rent kayaks or paddleboards from our vendors
  • All the same fun, prizes, and community you've always experienced with the new added "FUN" of a Paddle Jam Poker Run (details below)
  • Our popular Get Out Girl finisher's bracelets!
  • Volunteers to assist with launching at River Bend Boat Ramp (5.5 miles from Jessica Hollis Park) and finishing at Jessica Hollis Park
  • Personal Water Craft "tows" to assist in getting you to the Finisher's Floatilla area
  • "Short Course" rentals at Jessica Hollis Park for those that want to arrive later and do an out and back paddle on the upper end and enjoy the Finishers Floatilla.
  • The ability for anyone to launch at any location and paddle any distance of choice...just know Get Out Girl volunteers will be staged on the upper five miles with the timelines given below
  • Peer to Peer and Team fundraising to help us reach our 2020 goal of purchasing Paddleboards for Operation Get Out
  • An optional virtual event to show your support but do your own thing - open to men and women who want to support the cause

 

 

PADDLE JAM SCHEDULE Sunday, Oct. 18 (*most updated version will be available in participant packets the week of the event!)

 

Thursday, Oct 15 - Saturday, Oct 17 

10am - 4pm - Mandatory Packet Pick Up @ The Ski Dock 12234 N FM 620, Austin, TX 78750 (there will not be any packet pick up the morning of the paddle)

 

Sunday Oct 18

 

8-9am Individual Launching. If you have your own board, launch at any local area that works for you (see a map of options at Packet Pick Up). If a group launch becomes permissible this day, we will inform paddlers at Packet Pick Up. Otherwise, if you have your own board, self-launch, and meet us on the water! 

8-9am Rental Pick Ups River Bend Boat Ramp 12300 River Bend, Austin, TX 78732 

8:30am - 11:30am Poker Run and food & drink stops open at each mile marker between River Bend Boat Ramp and Jessica Hollis Park 

9:30-11am Rental Pick Ups Jessica Hollis Park 14100 Low Water Crossing Rd, Austin, TX 78732

10:30-12:30 Finisher's Floatilla at Jessica Hollis Park on Lake Austin at Low Water Crossing. Food, Mimosa's, Finisher's Gift, Raffle, Prizes - our same great party but this year with lots of space spread out in a 1/4 mile area at the Low Water Crossing.

11am-1pm Water Transfers for participants available between Jessica Hollis Park and Quinlan Park area for participants

12pm Raffle Drawing (need not be present to win; items not picked up will be available at The Ski Dock for pick up beginning Tuesday Oct. 20

12:30 Poker Hand winners announced!

1pm Personal Board Transfers by land back to River Bend Boat Ramp participant parking.

 


VIRTUAL GET OUT GIRL ACTIVITY OF CHOICE

 

Want to create your own fundraising activity to support the cause? Just Do It! Solo or with friends and family. Create your own commitment with your activity of choice (run, walk, bike, swim, Paddle 10 miles, paddle the distance of Lady Bird Lake, paddle daily, paddle with family or friends, surf dam to dam, bike around Lady Bird Lake - or get crazy and fun and do something unique! You get the idea - there is no box; so step out of it and get creative. Now's the time for some fun with a purpose!

 

*Due to location constrictions we will not host Surf Jam this year, but do hope to bring it back in Spring 2021.

*Safety and respect are our number one priorities. All paddle participants must have a USCG Type III PFD on board or on themselves while on the water. It is Texas law that participants 12 years or younger must wear them. We will follow CDC and Texas COVID 19 guidelines for outdoor exercising and recreation. Paddlers will also be asked to complete a self-risk assessment prior to paddling.

*If weather or circumstances outside of our control cancel PaddleJam, we will do our best to reschedule in 2020. If that is not a possibility, since this is a fundraising event, registrations and all fees associated will still be donated directly to Operation Get Out, a nonprofit 501c3.

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Tickets


$95 Paddle Jam | Register Prior to October 4

Includes on the water support, Paddle Poker Run, food, drink, Get Out Girl event tshirt, Finisher's Floatilla, prizes and participant gift. (Does not include rental equipment; must be purchased separately.)

$50 Get Out Girl Virtual Event

Help support Get Out Girl and Operation Get Out by registering to fundraise to support Blue Mind outings and events for our Front Line Responders. You will create your own event to spread the word and mission of Operation Get Out while fundraising to support your personal activity and/or goal accomplishment. Please tag us in your endeavors! We want to follow you! #getoutgirl #opgetoutorg

$115 Paddle Jam | Late Registration October 4

Register October 4 or later and receive the same water support, Paddle Poker Run, food, drink, Get Out Girl event tshirt, Finisher's Floatilla, prizes and participant gift. (Does not include rental equipment; must be purchased separately.) 

Event Offers


$25 Rental Paddleboard River Bend Boat Ramp

Your rental paddleboard comes with a pfd and paddle and will be available at River Bend Boat Ramp between 8am and 9am on Sunday October 18. 

$25 Rental Kayak River Bend Boat Ramp

Your rental kayak comes with a pfd and paddle and will be available at River Bend Boat Ramp between 8am and 9am on Sunday October 18. 

$35 Rental Tandem Kayak River Bend Boat Ramp

Your rental tandem kayak comes with a two pfd's and paddles and will be available at River Bend Boat Ramp between 8am and 9am on Sunday October 18. 

$25 Rental Paddleboard Jessica Hollis Park

Your rental paddleboard comes with a pfd and paddle and will be available at Jessica Hollis Park between 9:30am and 11am on Sunday October 18. 

$25 Rental Kayak Jessica Hollis Park

Your rental kayak comes with a pfd and paddle and will be available at Jessica Hollis Park between 9:30am and 11am on Sunday October 18. 

$35 Rental Tandem Kayak Jessica Hollis Park

Your rental tandem kayak for two people comes with two pfd's and paddles and will be available at Jessica Hollis Park between 9:30am and 11am on Sunday October 18. 

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$40 10 Raffle Tickets
$25 5 Raffle Tickets
$120 Sponsor A Responder!

Show your appreciation by sponsoring a female front line responder and all the gear she needs for PaddleJam! Female first responders need not pay for PaddleJam registration! Help us provide this experience as our gift to them.

$250 Inflatable SUP for Front Line Responder

Sponsor an inflatable SUP, backpack and paddle for a Front Line Responder to utilize #waterismedicine

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Organizer


Operation Get Out Cindy Present cindy@getoutgirl.com Austin, TX 5127734431 http://www.opgetout.org
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