Kristin McLain Get Out Girl Paddle Jam set for Sunday


A morning glide across a serene river or lake can soothe the soul.

That’s the spirit behind Kristin McLain’s Get Out Girl Paddle Jam, an all-women’s paddle event (supported by guys, too!) that honors a Starflight nurse killed in the line of duty.

Kristin McClain loved water sports. Photo by Mark Purcell
Kristin McClain loved water sports. Photo by Mark Parcell

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. Sunday at Steiner Ranch Lake Club on Lake Austin. Proceeds benefit Foundation 1023 and the Flatwater Foundation, which provide mental wellness services and outdoor programs for first responders and cancer patients.

Women are invited to paddle standup paddleboards, kayaks or canoes distances of 1 to 11 miles. Participants can bring their own vessels or rent SUPs or kayaks when they register. A post-paddle party will include music, food, a live auction and raffle.

Last year’s Austin event drew more than 135 female paddlers who raised almost $60,000. A partner event that took place in Frisco, Colorado, where McLain used to work, drew about 100 paddlers.

The Austin event also honors Travis County Sheriff Jessica Hollis, who died during a flood two years ago. Both McClain and Hollis loved water sports and believed in the mental and emotional benefits of spending time on the water.

For more information go here.


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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