Friday, July 19, 2013

Lake George Paddling:
Event Recalls Tragedies, Hopes to Set Record

lovememorialpaddle3Clean water advocate and distance paddler Margo Pellegrino will shoot for a speed record for paddling the length of Lake George from Moss Point to Shepard Park this Saturday (July 20th). Her attempt will be one of several events scheduled for the 4th annual Love the Lake Paddle on Lake George.

On her outrigger canoe, Pellegrino has paddled the entire Atlantic Coast from Miami to Maine, the Pacific Coast from Seattle to Sand Diego, and the Gulf Coast advocating for clean oceans and watersheds.

Now in it’s fourth year and representing a collaboration between American Canoe Association and Lake George Waterkeeper; the Love the Lake Paddle is an event on Lake George intended to celebrate positive mixed use recreation and stewardship on the lake. The event was begun in 2010 to remember paddlers Peter Snyder and Stephen Canady who died on the lake in separate incidents involving motor boats and paddle craft, the event has continued to grow each year.

Last year, in addition to the 32 mile community paddle, the event added Kayak and Stand Up Paddle board demos and races on the bay at Lake George Village. It also encouraged the return of the American Canoe Association , which now based in Virginia, got its start on Lake George over 130 years ago in 1880.

Although most paddlers will be starting the lake paddle on Friday afternoon with an overnight stop at Silver Bay, Margo Pellegrino will start at Moss Point on early Saturday morning and will attempt to set a new distance record for paddling the lake.

More information can be found online.

 

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