Kristin McLain’s Get Out Girl Paddle Jam set for Oct. 18.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Flatwater Foundation.
Proceeds from the event benefit The Flatwater Foundation.

Women of all ability levels are invited to get on the lake and paddle at Kristin McLain’s Get Out Girl Paddle Jam on Oct. 18.

The event, named for Star Flight nurse Kristin McLain, who died in a helicopter rescue accident in April, provides on-water support on an out-and-back course for women paddling standup paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. Participants can paddle between 2 and 10 miles.

This year's Get Out Girl Paddle Jam honors Kristin McLain, shown here on her paddleboard. McLain died in April.
This year’s Get Out Girl Paddle Jam honors Kristin McLain, shown here on her paddleboard. McLain died in April.

McLain, a member of Austin’s Star Flight crew for seven years, was instrumental in creating the first Get Out Girl Paddle Jam and was passionate about sharing her love of paddling and the outdoors. She liked to de-stress after a night of rescue work by paddling on Lake Austin.

Proceeds benefit the Flatwater Foundation, which helps fund mental health treatment for people who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis of a family member. The non-profit organization hosts the annual 21-mile Dam That Cancer event each year.

The Paddle Jam begins and ends at Steiner Ranch Lake Club, 12300 River Bend Road. Paddlers can launch their own vessels or boards or rent a SUP or kayak (limited boards/kayaks available.). Afterward, participants can shop sample sales, listen to music and enjoy food and drink with family and friends. The event begins at 7:30 a.m.

Entry fee is $70 if you have your own board or boat; $90 if you need to rent one. Cost includes lunch. To register, go here.

For more information about the event, contact Cindy Present at cindy@getoutgirl.com.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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