(Feb. 22, 2019) Epic Brand’s Reach the Beach cheerleading national championship for recreation and school teams will take place this weekend at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street.

“This is the first Reach the Beach for the 2018-2019 competition season,” Season Daugherty, Epic Brand’s director of guest relations, said. “We are super excited to bring rec and school nationals to our favorite Maryland beach town.”

The competition includes athletes ranging in age from 4-18 years old. The two-day event starts at 7 a.m. each day and finishes up around 9:30 p.m. All teams will compete both days and performances are 2 minutes and 30 seconds long.

“The event is high energy all weekend,” Daugherty said.

More than 3,500 athletes will be competing on 220 teams from all over the East Coast including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Washington D.C., Ohio, Virginia, New York, Rhode Island and Delaware. In addition, more than 6,000 fans are expected to check out the routines this weekend, Daugherty said.

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Over 3,500 athletes ages 4-18 will participate in the competition.

All participants will receive an exclusive gift and coaches have the chance to win a Norwegian cruise giveaway and take home a free Reach the Beach tumbler. Each national champion will also receive an exclusive Reach the Beach National Champion jacket. There will also be Grand Champion prizes, as well U.S. Finals Gold Bids awarded.

Several award ceremonies will take place throughout the weekend and all teams will receive a placement surfboard.

National champions will be given a jacket while solo and small group winners will take home a trophy. More than $8,000 is up for grabs for high scorers.

“There are tough skills in both tumbling and stunting that are very impressive to watch,” Daugherty said. “Rec teams are typically associated with a local recreational organization, so it is really impressive to watch different areas represent their organizations.”

The national cheerleading competition is one of four other Reach the Beach events that take place in Ocean City this season including: Reach the Beach All-Star, Reach the Beach Dance, and Reach the Prep Nationals.

A one-day pass costs $22 for adults (ages 13-64) and $15 for children and seniors. To attend both days, admission cost is $37 for adults and $25 for children and seniors. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

“A lot of these programs only see each other once a year, at Reach the Beach Nationals, so we always enjoy seeing who takes home the national champion jackets,” Daugherty said.

For more information, call 877-322-2310 or visit http://acdaspirit.com/event/rtb-oc-recschool-nationals.

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