Annual Regatta at Lake Arthur Boasts World Championship Events
Jun 30, 2015 09:43PM
● By Clare Heekin Lynch
Held August 1-2, the regatta promises to be the premier, all-ages, eco-recreational event in the region, offering both land and lake activities, along with exciting opportunities to enjoy the park. “Last year’s event brought approximately 9,500 visitors to experience and enjoy the 3,225 acres of Lake Arthur and the more than 40 miles of scenic shoreline along the lake,” said Holly Muchnok, event director. “Our 2015 event builds upon the exciting partnerships forged in 2014 with three championship events, enhanced opportunities to engage with the natural resources of the park, and offers a full weekend of live entertainment, free lessons, children’s activities and an overall celebration of Moraine.”
The environmentally conscious regatta (all of the entertainment is powered by solar and human-generated energy), will also continue to boast last year’s Building Healthy Places Initiative (initially inspired by a 2014 Urban Innovation Grant from the Urban Land Institute). “This initiative promotes living a healthy lifestyle and will feature wholesome food options and offer suggestions for people to get out and get active at Moraine,” said Muchnok.
Three world championship events will take place during the regatta this year: the Puddle Duck Racer World Championship, the 2015 Pennsylvania Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Championship, and the Professional Disc Golf World Championships. “The entire Pittsburgh region is excited to be the host for the Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships (PDGA) from August 1 through August 8,” said tournament co-director J. Gary Dropcho. “Four courses throughout the region will welcome disc athletes from around the globe at Deer Lakes Park, Knob Hill Community Park, Moraine State Park and Slippery Rock University.
“This year’s tournament is the PDGA’s 34th annual Pro World Championship, and will feature players from as far west as Japan and Thailand, as far east as Sweden and Germany, and from our northern neighbors in Canada as well,” he continued. “There will be 432 players ranging in age from their early 20s to their early 70s, and all have competed to qualify and to earn their chance to participate in the invitational.”
Moraine State Park is home to the Lakeview course, a par-66 course that is ranked in the Top 20 disc golf courses around the world, according to DGCourseReview.com. The course features a mix of elevated and flat tee shots, open grass fairway approaches and putting greens with deciduous and conifer defined corridors, a creek hazard and other out-of-bounds challenges. “While portions of the competition will be held at Lakeview on the North Shore of Moraine State Park, many activities, including putting, mini disc golf, and skillshot, will take place on the South Shore during Regatta weekend, specifically on Sunday, August 2,” said Dropcho.
The tournament co-director is excited about introducing those unfamiliar with disc golf to the sport through this venue. “This promises to be a great opportunity for the public to be introduced to the sport, through lessons with the pro men and women players, and guests will have the opportunity to play a round or two as well. It’s just a great ‘lifetime’ sport that we want to share with everyone!” Dropcho said. The regatta will also welcome the Tribaloid Fly Mart, featuring specialized disc golf vendors showing their wares throughout Sunday’s event.
Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau (BCTCB), is equally thrilled about the new addition to the 2015 Regatta. “After much hard work, we are proud that this exciting event is coming to our region. The proposal process began in 2009 and, due to the growth of disc golf in our area, it is finally ours to share with our residents, as well as the athletes, their families, and fans and spectators who will travel to enjoy it with us. It’s a great addition to the region and our economy!”
Whether it’s the children’s activities, such as model boat building in the Lake Arthur Lily Pad Tent, musical performances of all genres, free instruction on numerous sports, including dragon boating, stand-up paddle boarding, archery, fly casting, and family fishing, the regatta boasts it all. “The Regatta is not just a nautical event; it’s also a celebration of play time, being with family and getting outside and enjoying nature,” said Muchnok. “We want you to find a second home at Moraine, so come out and play at this giant playground!”
For more information on the Regatta, visit www.lakearthurregatta.org. To learn more about the 2015 PDGA Pro Disc Golf World Championships, visit www.2015pdgaproworlds.org or visit the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society website at www.psds.org.