Once Around Belle Isle Festival comes to Detroit this weekend

The first-ever paddle race and festival is coming to Belle Isle this weekend and you, dear metro Detroiter, are invited to attend or — better yet — participate.

Once Around Belle Isle, or OABI as it is affectionately called, is a 7-mile race around the island in which folks with moderate to advanced paddling abilities give old Belle the go around with nothing but a paddle and their own two arms. Mode of transportation is up the participants, so expect everything from stand-up paddleboaters, to kayakers, and more.

For those who'd rather stay shoreside, there are activities aplenty: live musical performances, food trucks, local vendors, and craft beer stands to name a few.

Advance tickets and registration information is available at oabidetroit.com. Cost and additional race info can be found there as well. 

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Alaina Nutile

Alaina Nutile is a Web Editor who oversees all digital content and social media initiatives for Detroit Metro Times and Cleveland Scene Magazine. Previously, she interned at Business Insider in New York City, and at La Hora in Quito, Ecuador. Alaina is a graduate of Kalamazoo College where she double majored in...
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