Racers set out on grueling course to help people struggling with cancer
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 March, 2017 - With a milestone event ahead of it, the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation has set a $100,000 goal for its 10th annual Paddle for a Cause.
More than 100 competitors from across the globe will set out on a 22.5-mile paddleboard race around Absecon Island Saturday, June 10 beginning and ending at Frank S. Farley State Marina at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The course was designed to challenge racers as a reminder that they are helping people struggling with cancer.
With competitors coming as far as Ontario, Canada and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and nearly $100,000 raised last year, the Paddle For A Cause has come far since its humble beginnings from six friends paddling out during a hurricane swell from a Margate City beach.
New this year is a competitive 8-mile back bay race. There are two options for people who want to participate in a non-competitive paddle - An 8-mile paddle to and from the Wonder Bar in Atlantic City and a 4-mile option that finishes at the Wonder Bar with a jitney back to the Golden Nugget for paddlers to enjoy the festivities.
All paddlers are required to fundraise $200 to participate with proceeds benefiting the foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to financially assist people with cancer. Kayaks, lifeguard boats, surf skis and outrigger canoes are all welcome.
The WPA-sanctioned race divisions that will be timed by division and gender are men’s and women’s 14-foot and less stand-up paddleboard, men’s and women’s 12 feet, 6 inches stand-up paddleboard and three prone classes: 12-foot and 14-foot stock and unlimited prone paddleboard. Prize money will be awarded in each of the following categories: men’s and women’s 14-foot and less stand-up paddleboard and prone unlimited; $1,000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third.
After the action on the water, an after party and awards ceremony will be held 4 p.m. at The Deck at Golden Nugget. The party is included with registration and $25 to all others.
Residents with homes along paddle course Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport are encouraged to show support the paddlers as they pass. Businesses can support the event by becoming a sponsor. See TheDRCF.org for information.