The Paddle for a Cure.

Paddle For A Cure’ Lands Ashore at Dockside, Welcomed By Many

BY KIMBERLEY HYATT

Association members await kayaks’ arrival on Sunday. KIMBERLEY HYATT Anyone down by the river Sunday saw a fleet of kayaks head for Dockside Park. But this wasn’t just a group of people who had the same idea—to enjoy the last of the warmer weather. No, it was the 3rd annual Paddle for a Cure, sponsored by the Hudson River Watertrail Association. It marked one of many cancer cure benefits Cold Spring has hosted in the past few years.

As of that morning, 125 people signed on to kayak (or canoe) along the 11-mile long trail from the Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center in Peekskill to Dockside Park in Cold Spring. Even more people had signed up that day to join the kayakers at the after-paddle picnic.

At 10 a.m. participants began the “poker paddle” toward Dockside, collecting cards to see who could, quite literally, get the best hand. Members of the Hudson River Watertrail began setting up at the Park itself, awaiting their arrival.

In the water, even more kayakers awaited, serving as guides for the participants to land safely ashore at Dockside.

By 1:30, tired but in good spirits, they began to trickle up the river in small groups of 2 or 3 at first, passing right by the bandstand and the usual group of Sunday fishermen. Cheering and full of laughter, bands of blue, red, orange, and green kayaks finished their race for the “Paddle for a Cure”

This year, participants started in Peekskill, going upstream. Luckily, they managed to avoid what looked like impending rain showers, which would have only added to rough waters created by passing boats and strong winds.

Greeted by friends, beverages, food, and live music, the event continued with a picnic on the park grounds. Prizes were handed out for the best poker hand acquired during the journey, as well as raffle prizes. Even the money collected from beer sales went toward the donations for the Support Connection for Breast and Ovarian Cancers.

Portions of the entry fee were also donated to the organization. The food and beverages, included in the entry fee, were free for the participants. Spectators were welcome to partake in the festivities, adding even more donations to the cause.