OABI, the paddling race/beach party on Belle Isle, canceled for 2019

July 04, 2019, 9:26 AM

The acronym stands for "once around Belle Isle," although fans call it OABI, pronounced wah-bee. For the last six years, it's been a mid-August chance to race around the island in kayaks, on stand-up boards and via other paddled watercraft. But difficulty selling the event to a new buyer has organizers canceling the 2019 OABI. 

"Farewell for now," they write in a recent Facebook post:

OABI was more than just a race. The event was followed by a beach party with bands and food. Apparently the size of the production outgrew its organizers' capacity to mount it. Hopefully a new buyer will come along for 2020.

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