Beacon to Cold Spring Paddle for a Cure

Aug. 8 event benefits Support Connection

The Fifth Annual Paddle for a Cure on Aug. 8 is a 9-mile recreational kayak and stand-up paddleboard event on the Hudson River from Beacon to Cold Spring that raises money and awareness for breast and ovarian cancer. All proceeds are donated to Support Connection of Yorktown.

In this year’s Poker Paddle, participants are given a waterproof playing card at the beginning of the paddle and pick up additional playing cards at checkpoints along the route. The paddler with the best “poker hand” at the end will win a prize. In Cold Spring, participants will celebrate with a post-paddle party, with food, local beer and live music. Kayak and paddleboards rentals are available.

Since its inception in 2010, Paddle for a Cure has raised nearly $20,000 in contributions to various women’s health organizations. (Visit the Hudson River Watertrail Association website,, for more information.)

Paddle for a Cure will start on Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at Long Dock in Beacon and finish at Dockside Park in Cold Spring. The fee, which includes an event T-shirt, train shuttle ticket, picnic lunch, raffle ticket plus giveaways and ACA insurance, is $65 ($50 before July 1), with a guaranteed minimum donation of $30 per entry, along with all raffle proceeds, going to Support Connection.

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