Delta Dash and SUP4Fun

The inaugural Delta Dash is coming to Discovery Bay Sept. 22 and promises to be a fun day in the sun for the whole family. 

The Dash offers both running and stand-up paddleboarding along with a live DJ and great food provided by the Boardwalk Grill. While September may be considered fall in other parts of the country, in Discovery Bay, it’s perfect Delta weather. 

The goal of the Delta Dash is to raise money for all four Discovery Bay schools and their parent teacher clubs to support the mental health and safety of local children. 

Sponsored by the Discovery Bay Community Foundation (DBCF) in an ongoing effort to unite local schools, the Dash will be comprised of three races of varying lengths and a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) event. 

“People can run, SUP or do both,” explained Jim Mattison, DBCF president. “Whatever they do, it’s going to be a lot of fun.” 

Participants can choose from a 1-mile, 5k or 10k race, followed by the SUP. 

The schools participating are Timber Point Elementary, Discovery Bay Elementary, Excelsior Middle School and All God’s Children. Each school will have a Dash team representing it, and the school with the biggest team takes home the Biggest Team trophy until next year’s event. 

Jennifer Dahl, Discovery Bay Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) president, said the event will be great for local schools. 

“I love the fact that we have all the schools in the area participating and are working together as a community to hold this event,” Dahl said. “The money that we raise for Discovery Bay PTA will go toward the salaries and programs we pay for to make our children’s school experience the best it can be. We are really excited about the event and hope there is a great turnout.”  

For those who need to rent a paddleboard, Jules Miller Bradley of Discovery Bay Paddleboards has you covered.

“I’ll be commissioning boards from (other) companies for the event,” explained Bradley. “I’m going to bring the boards, and we will be offering lessons on how to use them. The lesson will be included with the rental. This is a great opportunity to come down and learn how to SUP and to give back to the community.” 

Bradley added that her company will donate a portion of the proceeds to the DBCF’s efforts to increase inclusion and decrease bullying, a cause she strongly believes in. 

The 1-mile run costs $17. All other events are $30 each, but prices will increase after Sept. 9. Events begin at 8 a.m. at the Discovery Bay Yacht Harbor, 5901 Marina Road, Discovery Bay. 

SUP board rentals through Discovery Bay Paddle Boards will be $25 per hour. Those in need of a board can reserve one while registering for the SUP. For more information or to register, visit www.dbcf.info.

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