Support Connection (SC) relies on other groups holding events and making SC the beneficiary of proceeds. One such event is the upcoming, third annual Paddle for a Cure. Sponsored by the Hudson River Watertrail Association, this paddling event takes place Sunday, Sept. 8.
Join us for a great day of paddling on the Hudson River while raising money for an excellent cause. Building on last year’s successful ‘poker-paddle’ fundraiser, we will follow the same 11-mile course (assisted by the river’s current) up a beautiful stretch of the Hudson River from Peekskill to Cold Spring.
Participants will pick up playing cards at specific points along the way, hoping to produce the best poker hand. A fabulous prize awaits the winning hand at the finish. After the paddle, participants will celebrate a day on the water with a picnic, beer, great raffles and prizes.
Net proceeds from the paddle and raffle will benefit Support Connection. A $60 entry fee gets you ACA insurance for the event, breakfast, a sports-wicking event logo hat, picnic lunch, and a raffle ticket. A guaranteed donation of $25 per entry is made to the cause, in addition to raffle proceeds.
If needed, organizers can assist with arrangements to rent a boat from Hudson Valley Outfitters or from Atlantic Kayak Tours. A few sit-on-top kayaks will be available to rent, too (email [email protected]). A free shuttle will ensure that participants and their boats are together at the same place at the end of the day.
With kayaks, canoes, stand up paddle boards, and Whitehall rowing gigs, rank beginners, seasoned paddlers and teams of friends and co-workers are encouraged to join.
Take the Taconic Parkway north to the exit for Yorktown-Peekskill (Route 202). At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto route 202 west, toward Peekskill. At the fourth light (just past a Dairy mart on the left, and a bowling alley on the right), bear right onto the Bear Mountain Parkway. Continue approximately 3.8 miles to the second traffic light and turn right following signs for the Bear Mountain Bridge (Routes 6/202 West, Route 9 north). Cross Annsville Creek and take second exit in the traffic circle (signs for Bear Mountain Bridge, Routes 6/202 West). Approximately 100 feet from the traffic circle will be the entrance to the Paddlesport Center, on the left.
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. Participants must sign in upon arriving, unload boats and gear, and drive to the Cold Spring Metro- North train parking lot. A shuttle will be available to take participants back to Annsville for the start. The poker paddle will begin at 9:30 a.m.