Petite TDT race this weekend, adults Oct. 5-7
By KEN GRISSOM
C’est pas juste une course, motto of Tour du Teche, means “It’s not just a race.”
Boy, you talk about!
It’s also a four-parish bicycle tour, a kayak and canoe race for kids, an adult TDT “prelim” in the spring, a day camp for teens and a bayou cruise for Man’s Best Friend.
This weekend in Bayou Teche at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux, there will be a series of races for kids ages 5 to 17, some of whom are prohibited by their youth from participating in the “big” race held in October.
The Petite Tour du Teche is a series of back-to-back races, none longer than a mile, which can be viewed from the bayou-side park accessible from Bridge and Main streets.
The entry fee is only $15 per paddler and it covers any race for which the paddler is qualified by virtue of age or type of boat.
Like the Tour du Teche, this inaugural youth race is sanctioned by the United States Canoe Association.
Tour du Teche III, the 135-mile series of paddling marathons from Port Barre to St. Martinville to Franklin to Berwick, will be Oct. 5-7 with a kick-off ceremony in Port Barre on Thursday, Oct. 4.
This event, which draws serious competitors from all over the country, consists of three legs, several side races and two broad divisions: Racing and Voyageur. The entry fee for Racing, which competes for cash prizes, is $125 per paddler; and for Voyageur, recreational boats running for trophies, $80 for Tour du Teche and $60 for any of the one-day races.
TDT will also put on a one-day race to Arnaudville early in 2013. The date and other details have yet to be finalized.
On April 24-28, 2013, Tour du Teche will launch Cycle Cajun Country, a bicycle tour from Berwick to Opelousas to fill the void left by the demise of Cycle Zydeco. According to TDT executive director Nicole Patin, the tour will take “a scenic route along the Bayou Teche Corridor that features nightly stops of music, food and entertainment in true Tour du Teche fashion.”
Registration will open in January. Details will soon be available on:
June 24-28 TDT will hold a day camp for paddlers ages 13-17 at Parc des Ponts here. Campers will receive Red Cross first aid certification as well as instruction in various aspects of canoeing and kayaking. Details to be announced on:
Tour du Teche IV will be Oct. 4-6, 2013.
The Great Bayou Teche Dog Paddle, a leisure cruise with pets, will return in November 2013. The family-oriented event benefits St. Martin Parish Animal Services. Details to be announced.
PETITE TOUR DU TECHE
Age groups, distance:
—Fledgling I: 5-7, 250 yards.
—Fledgling II: 8-10, 250 yards.
—Bantam: 11&12, 500 yards.
—Juvenile: 13&14, 1 mile.
—Junior: 15-17, 1 mile.
—Solo Double Blade.
—Tandem Double Blade.
—Solo Single Blade,
—Tandem Single Blade.
—Solo Tribe (any recreational kayak less than 13.5’ without a rudder, single or double blade paddle).
—Tandem Tribe (any recreational kayak less than 13.5’ without a rudder, single or double blade paddles).
Registration forms are on www.tourduteche.com, under the Petite TDT drop-down.
TOUR DU TECHE III
Registration packets for the Tour du Teche are under the Main Race drop-down on the website Deadline to register is close-of-business Friday, Sept. 14. (Entrants must notify Patin if registration is mailed after Sept. 1.)
Here are the different events:
—Tour du Teche (main race) • Port Barre to Berwick, 135 miles, Friday thru Sunday, Oct. 5-7.
—Crawfish: Port Barre to Breaux Bridge, 34 miles, Friday, Oct. 5.
—Acadian: Port Barre to St. Martinville, 49 miles, Friday Oct. 5.
—Hot Sauce: St. Martinville to New Iberia, 24 miles, Saturday, Oct. 6.
—Sugar: St. Martinville to Franklin, 59 miles, Saturday, Oct. 6.
—Oil & Gas: Franklin to Berwick, 27 miles,• Sunday, Oct. 7.
Tour du Teche, Inc., is a non-profit organization that promotes outdoor recreation along the Bayou Teche Corridor through St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary parishes. For more information or to volunteer, contact Nicole Patin at (337) 394-6232 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.