More than 100 people are registered for the 10th annual Paddle For A Cause and many will be competing for prize money thanks to presenting sponsor Curexa.
Cash prizes of $800 for first place, $350 for second place and $150 for third place will be awarded for the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island Saturday, June 10 in the following categories: men’s open prone, men’s 14-foot and longer stand up paddleboard, women’s open prone and women’s 14-foot and longer stand up paddleboard.
Curexa, a compounding pharmacy based in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, provided the prize money by presenting the event. Currently, more than 100 paddlers have fundraised $35,000 of the event’s $100,000 goal. Last year, the event raised $96,000 and drew competitors from as far as Ontario, Canada and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 22.5-mile paddleboard race around Absecon Island begins and ends at Frank S. Farley State Marina at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The course was designed by Mike May to challenge racers as a reminder that they are helping people struggling with cancer.
New this year is a competitive 8-mile back bay race. There are two options for people who want to participate in a non-competitive paddle – An 8-mile paddle to and from the Wonder Bar in Atlantic City and a 4-mile option that finishes at the Wonder Bar with a jitney back to the Golden Nugget for paddlers to enjoy the festivities. There is also a team competition.
All paddlers are required to fundraise $200 to participate with proceeds benefiting the foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to financially assist people with cancer. Kayaks, lifeguard boats, surf skis and outrigger canoes are all welcome.
After the action on the water, an after party and awards ceremony will be held 4 p.m. at The Deck at Golden Nugget. The party is included with registration and $25 to all others.
Residents with homes along paddle course Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport are encouraged to show support to the paddlers as they pass.