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Starlight 5K Canoe Challenge

Starlight 5K Canoe Challenge

Picture the excitement of a child on their first canoe experience. And now YOU can help us provide more canoe opportunities for youth to connect with nature on the Bronx River!

Join us for our first ever canoe relay race at the Starlight 5K Canoe Challenge and help us raise vital funds to make canoeing on the river available to over 1,000 youth and their families this season. Help us reach our $20,000 goal by signing up to participate today! You’ll have a ton of fun while supporting a great cause.

When: Saturday, May 11th (rain date: May 12th) at 11:00 AM.

Where: Our newest park on the Bronx River Greenway, Starlight Park (map). Click here to see a map of the relay course.

How: Individuals, organizations and businesses will form teams of up to 10 people (14+ years) to compete in a canoe relay course (five legs and switching paddler is optional) for a total distance of 5K. Race should take between 40 minutes to 1.5 hours to complete. Each Team will commit to raising $2,000. That means a team of 10 people would need to raise just $200 each including a $50 registration fee that will apply towards your goal. You can form your own team or join an open team for individual slots (limited space). We’ll support you and your teammates by providing you with your very own fundraising webpage to share with family, friends and social networks.

Equipment and training: We will provide a canoe, paddles and life vests for your team. Two pre-race canoe clinics will be provided to hone your paddling skills and to try out the actual race course.

Goodies & Prizes: All participants will receive a t-shirt and a goody bag. There will be fancy and fun prizes for the fastest three teams and top three fundraising individuals! The fastest canoe will get the coveted title of “2013 Bronx River Canoe Champions.”

Public Ceremony and Celebration: After the canoe race, we will celebrate the winners and kick off an afternoon of festivities as we mark the beginning of paddling season and the opening of our newest gem, Starlight Park, with music, food, guided interpretive canoe trips, bike loans, fishing demonstration and much more!

We can only accommodate 10 Teams, so pull together your family, friends and colleagues and register today! You’ll challenge yourself, have a great time, and provide vital support to enable hundreds of kids to discover the Bronx River this year.

To form a team today, please contact Saudy Tejada at saudy.tejada@parks.nyc.gov or (718)430-4602.