Paddlers for Humanity
is hosting its largest and most challenging event of the year, the 9th Annual Block Challenge 2014, on Saturday August 9, 2014, from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 18-mile open ocean paddle is the heart of Paddlers for Humanity, which was founded in 2008, and has served as its motivation since the first competition, in 2004.
The six-hour paddle will begin on the north side of the Montauk Lighthouse (2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk), and end at Champlin's Marina (West Side Road, Block Island, RI). From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., participating paddlers will rejoice in their achievement with a delicious catered lunch complete with water, juice, beer and wine along with a ceremony thanking paddlers and support boat volunteers. A returning ferry ride to Montauk, courtesy of the Montauk-Block Island Ferry from the Viking Fleet will depart Block Island at 5 p.m.
Dedicated paddler's from last year's event. (Courtesy Photo)
Paddlers must raise or contribute a minimum of $1,500 to participate, or $750 for paddlers under 18-years-old. All participants in kayaks and outrigger canoes are required to wear a life preserver, and all paddleboarders must use a paddle leash attached to their board. Paddlers must register by Thursday, August 7, 2014, online at www.z2systems.com
. At least four support boats will be in the water along with three jetskis manned by certified lifeguards from the Hamptons Lifesaving Association.
Paddlers for Humanity is a local not-for-profit that donates to projects and programs dedicated to children and youth. Grants are awarded on an as-needed project basis and funds are raised through a series of sporting adventures and challenges.
For more information about Paddlers for Humanity, visit p4h.org.