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paddle battle riverhead

This Saturday July 20, Paddle Battle LI will hold races on the Peconic River in Riverhead to help raise funds for two East End non-profits.

Young and old are encouraged to race stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes as part of the festivities. There will be up to eight races with age divisions ranging from 13 to 60+.

If difficulty is a concern there is no need to worry—up to eight races during the day will range from a two-and-a-half mile amateur race to a 12-mile elite class race for those who have more experience. Some races allow people to work in pairs and medals will be awarded to the victors in each race.

If you’re simply interested in watching but want a chance to win something too, there will be a $10 raffle on shore for a chance to win a stand-up paddleboard, courtesy of Focus SUP Boards.

All proceeds from Paddle Battle LI will benefit The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and the East End Tourism Alliance. The event also is in conjunction with the Long Island Convention & Visitor Bureau’s mission to “create events on Long Island that help to promote tourism, recreation, and economic development, while also focusing on the environment and its waterways.”

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation operates the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The organization also plays an integral role in preserving and protecting the local marine environment through education, rehabilitation and research.

The East End Tourism Alliance brings together local organizations to develop a marketing effort in order to promote tourism on Long Island’s East End year-round.

Registration for this event begins at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the Peconic Waterfront or online in advance. Entry for the event costs $50 per person ($65 on the day of the race). If you do not own a kayak or canoe, rentals will be made available for $40.