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Feb. 25, 2015


For Immediate Release

Brittany Racca
(337) 365-1540

(888) 942-3742



Iberia Parish Convention 

and Visitors Bureau

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New Chitimacha Race 
on the Teche this May
Members of the Chitimacha Nation steady a paddler in Tour du Teche, the 135-mile ultra marathon down the entire length of Bayou Teche. The tribe hosts a deluxe checkpoint on their reservation near Charenton every year, cooking hot dogs and padding the concrete ramp with discarded carpet from Cypress Bayou Casino. Now the Nation is the finish line for a 20-mile race starting in New Iberia on May 16.
NEW IBERIA, La. --- Tour du Teche, Inc., will hold the new Chitimacha race for kayaks, canoes, pirogues, and SUPs May 16, 2015.

The race, runs 20 miles from New Iberia's City Park to the public boat ramp in the Chitimacha Nation near Charenton, La. Entry is $50 per person.

Registration opens Monday, March 2, and closes on the day of the race. The schedule page at TourduTeche.com has race times.

Registration fees include a performance shirt for each registered paddler and one registered coureur de bois per boat. Coureurs de bois, or bank runners, do not pay a fee.

For teams that do not have a coureur de bois, crew shuttles are available at no cost for teams that register at least two weeks in advance of the race and who notify TDT of their need for a shuttle at that time. Boats cannot be shuttled by TDT.

Tour du Teche VI, the 135-mile staged race from Port Barre to Berwick with one-day side races, will be Oct. 2-4, 2015.

For more information, visit TourduTeche.com, e-mail ken@techetoday.com or call (337) 394-6232 and ask for Ken.



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The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.


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