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Mar 23, 2011

Tempe Logistics (for those select few of you who don't read your email!)

Call Time:
  • Saturday, March 26, 6:45 am -- this is the time to be at the tent!
  • Meet at the hotel lobby at 6:30 am to walk over together
  • Sunday, March 27, TBD at the end of Saturday

Saturday Race Times:
  • Times are approximate, please pay close attention to white boards
  • Race 3: 8:18 Red
  • Race 4: 8:27 Blue
  • Race 14: 9:57 Ladies
  • Race 19: 10:42 Men
  • Race 34: 1:45 Blue
  • Race 35: 1:54 Red
  • Race 41: 2:48 Men
  • Race 54: 4:45 Masters
  • Plan on being at the race site all day Sat and Sun - there will not be time to leave the site & come back during the day - we will have races running all day
Boat Captains:  They say "drop and gimme 20," you say "OKAY! But that doesn't leave much room for Yogurtland later (j/k). Support these peeps by doing anything they ask. From gearing up for marshalling to boat warm up--they've got your back!
    Red: Robert
    Men: Galen
    Tran 2: Women
    Masters: Esmer
Blue: Karen
Race Uniform:
  • Sacred royal blue team jersey and black bottom
  • Please bring your extra jerseys for new paddlers who do not have one
  • If you don't have a jersey and can't find one to borrow, please wear a royal blue top
  • It is forecasted to be in the mid-to high 70s next weekend but remember Tempe has desert climate, so be prepared for anything, dress in layers.

  • Sharing is caring. So, bring snacks to share! There'll be several food vendors near the marshaling area so bring cash!  Remember to eat light and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Team Dinner:
  • Saturday, March 26, 7 pm
  • Tempe Market Place
  • 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy
  • Approx. 2 miles from the hotel (about $8 cab ride)
  • We will meet at San Felipe’s Cantina; there are several places to eat in the area such as: Great Steak & Potato, Chipotle, Genghis Grill, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, so if the Cantina is not your taste, there are many other places to choose from.
  • Paddling gear: PFD, Paddle
  • Race uniform: Sacred Royal blue jersey and black bottoms
  • Water Bottle -- we will have water & Gatorade jugs
  • Sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses and hats/visors
  • Beach towel
  • Snacks to share
  • Watch so you know the time
  • Cell phone so we can find you
  • Print out of this email so you know what to do
  • Chair, umbrellas (opt)
  • Swim suits for hotel pool or jacuzzi (opt)
  • A good team-first, ready-to-compete attitude!
In Tempe, we will probably spend quite a bit of time in the marshalling area and at the sidelines cheering on our teammates. Stay cool and hydrated - Arizona sun can be pretty intense.

Please keep away from the official timing tent. The festival organizers emphasize that this area is out of bounds for everyone. Teams may be penalized if members approach the area.
Tempe race fee is $35 per paddler. Please pay by cash or check payable "Space Dragons."
Team hotel:
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Phoenix Airport @ Tempe
808 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Festival information:
Directions are at

  • VERY limited at the race site so everyone's encouraged to walk over, the team hotel is a 10-15 minute walk to the race site

Lastly - HAVE FUN and represent Space Dragons well! Also be sure to thank the volunteers at the tournament. They are giving their time to make this a well run and fun event for us.

And the very last thing to remember....Support and cheer for each other - we are ONE TEAM!!!!!

- Marina
Tempe Tournament Manager