Paddle Battle Long Island returning to Riverhead Saturday

Stand up paddlers begin a race.

Competitors taking part in Paddle Battle Long Island 2015 (Credit: Katharine Schroader)

Bummed about the Cardboard Boat Race being canceled this weekend? Grab your paddle board instead.

The fourth annual Paddle Battle Long Island will be held on the Peconic River in Riverhead this Saturday, July 30.

It’s a day of fun and friendly competition for competitors, onlookers, family and friends.

The event features three separate water races for amateur, competitive and elite participants.

The 2.5 mile race for amateurs includes kayaks and stand-up paddle boarders and is best for the less experienced paddler or novice.  Rentals for kayaks and canoes will be available for $40.

The 5-mile race is more for the serious competitive paddler and includes all kayaks; recreational and sea kayaks, as well as stand-up paddle boarders.

The 12-mile race is for the elite competitor and will include every type of kayak, outrigger, canoe, as well as two-person kayaks and canoes.

There will also be a 200 yard stand-up paddle board sprint for all ages and a separate competition for children.

Medals will be awarded to the winners of each category. There will also be food, music and demos on hand.

Registration and check-in will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the end of McDermott Street, alongside the Riverside parking lot.  Races will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m. All participants must wear personal flotation devices and have personal safety devices on board.

This popular event, hosted by the East End Tourism Alliance, raises money for the not-for-profit organization, the United Way of Long Island VetsBuild Program, which benefits veterans and military families.

The fourth annual paddle battle will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Riverhead at 431 East Main Street in Riverhead.

Registration in person will cost $65 on Saturday. For more information about Paddle Battle Long Island visit paddlebattleli.com.