Please consider joining me and other paddlers to support cancer care and research. This is not a race, just a fun paddle (you can time yourself!). See attachment for details. This year is a demo event to help the organizers plan a permanent paddling discipline to the annual fundraiser. A very worthwhile cause!
If you cant open the above document these are the basic details: I propose an 11am start at the paddle boat launch on the Brewer River Trail (next to Save-a-Lot). That would afford them and others to ride 25-50 miles and come to the waterfront for the paddle Demo Event. For this Demo, I propose a 7.5 course from the launch area upstream to the North Brewer boat launch and back. This will take about 1.5-2 hours, so we would finish by 1PM High tide is 9:30 am. Paddling upstream past EMMC and the old Bangor dam remnants is easiest at high tide (flatwater). I think the 11 am start will get us there before the current picks up.
Many of you are familiar with the annual Champion the Cure Challenge. www.ctcchallenge.org/ Our History Our community has a long tradition of fighting cancer by supporting events to benefit EMMC Cancer Care. Between 1982 and 2009, more than $200,000 was raised. In 2010, the inaugural EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge met its very first fundraising goal of $100,000. Since then, EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge has raised more than $2.7 million for local cancer research. In 2018 the organizers would like to add a paddling event to the existing slate of Run, Walk, Cycling and Motorcycle events. I have proposed a Paddling Demonstration Event to be held during this year’s Challenge on 8/19/2017 so the organizers can get a sense for how the paddling event can work with the existing disciplines. Some of the goals are to broaden the appeal to more participants, to offer other options to the existing participants and to include the beautiful Penobscot River in this important community event.
The 2018 event will offer participants a variety of distances to suit every paddling enthusiast from 1 mile to 8 miles or longer, paddling your favorite craft: canoe, kayak, SUP, even war canoe. Participants will be asked to help the Challenge meet its fundraising goals by making and soliciting donations. Teams may be formed too! This is not a race, but paddlers may choose to time themselves.
For 2017 I propose a 7.5 mile loop, starting and finishing at the Brewer River Walk paddle boat launch behind the Save-a-Lot off South Main St, Brewer. (The finish line of the Bashabez Run, start line of the Ebb Tide) The course will proceed upstream past EMMC to a buoy turn at the North Brewer Boat Launch and back to the starting line.