VetsBuild team members Fabrizio Bustos, left, and Nick Auletta.
The 3rd annual Paddle Battle was held along the Peconic Riverfront in Riverhead on Saturday.
The event raised money for three not-for-profit organizations: the United Way of Long Island’s VetsBuild Program supporting Veterans and Military Families, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and the East End Tourism Alliance.
The day included a 2.5-mile amateur race, a 5-mile competitive race, and a 12-mile elite class race. First place medals were offered to winners in each category, for each class and distance.
The races were stopped for about half an hour as a heavy downpour with lightning passed through, but continued as soon as the weather cleared up.
Because some of the racers were pulled out of the race during the storm, results are anticipated to be slightly delayed.
Races results should be available here.