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1 Boat With 1,000 Paddlers to Lead 1,100-Mile Epic Relay Around Michigan’s Coast
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1 Boat With 1,000 Paddlers to Lead 1,100-Mile Epic Relay Around Michigan’s Coast

First-ever paddle relay around lower Michigan to raise awareness and money for the Alliance for the Great Lakes and other local community charities, including Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA).

6/7/2015 to 6/13/2015
When: 6/7/2015
Where: Michigan City, Indiana 
United States
Contact: Please see information in details section

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An Epic Paddling Relay,
An Epic Fundraiser

June 2015

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Northwest Indiana Paddling Association is an IRS 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to canoeing, kayaking, and blueways stewardship.

Founded in 2009, NWIPA is over 500 members strong. Each year hundreds of area paddlers are introduced to the great paddling opportunities in Northwest Indiana through our many events. NWIPA events are open to the public and most are appropriate for novice paddlers.

NWIPA's strength and success comes directly from our members and our partnerships with government, business, and private organizations that share a common vision of accessible waterways.

Visit our website at www.nwipa.org to see our 2015 calendar of events.

There is still time to register for Segment 2,
June 7-13, Michigan City IN to Holland MI


1 Boat With 1,000 Paddlers to Lead 1,100-Mile Epic Relay Around Michigan’s Coast

First-ever paddle relay around lower Michigan to raise awareness and money for the Alliance for the Great Lakes and other local community charities, including NWIPA.

The Event
Hundreds of kayakers, standup paddle boarders and surfskiers this summer will join in the inaugural Paddle Relay Around Lower Michigan. Open to everyone, the event is a relay-style water tour of Michigan’s celebrated coastline. Epic Kayaks has donated an ultra-modern style of sea kayak, called a surfski, to be the flagship vessel for the event. The Epic V7 is a stable open-cockpit kayak that will make the entire 1,100 mile journey, paddled by as many as 1,000 different people over the three-month relay. The Epic V7 will be accompanied by a flotilla of participants as it makes its way along the coast.

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Launching from Belle Isle on June 1, the tour will head south to Ohio with groups of participants paddling legs of 2-10 miles each. After arriving in Ohio, the relay will head up Michigan's western shoreline through the month of June, across the top of the state in July, and down the eastern shoreline in August, finishing back on Belle Isle on August 28th. Participants can paddle any portion of the relay they wish, from a single leg to the entire course.

Full paddle relay event details here...

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Segment 2 of the Paddle Relay
NWIPA
Vice President Ken Stelter is the Team Captain for Segment 2, launching from Michigan City on June 7th and turning the Epic V7 over to the next team in Holland Michigan on June 13th. Each day the relay will paddle a 10-12 mile leg. Donations raised for Segment 2 will benefit NWIPA blueway stewardship and paddling safety education programs.

Ken will be responsible for logistics and safety along the Segment 2 paddling route. Sign up to paddle the V7 , join as a support paddler , or come and check out the V7 at a beach demo.

Help NWIPA meet our fundraising goal with a donation at: www.PaddleRelay.com. If you can lend a hand with logistics and shuttling for Segment 2 during the week of June 7-13 please contact Ken Stelter at ken@nwipa.org.

Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA) is an IRS 501c3 non-profit organization. www.NWIPA.org

Make a Donation to Segment 2 Featured Charity NWIPA Here...

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Benefits
"We wanted an epic event to bring together the paddling community around the Great Lakes in a collective challenge to cover the entire 1,100 miles of the Lower Michigan shoreline,” said event organizers Nick Murray of Traverse City, Michigan, and James Dagg of Wixom, Michigan. “We also wanted an event that would raise awareness and money for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, as well as a number of local community charities.” Charitable funds will be raised through sponsors and donations.

Murray and Dagg note, "The progress of the relay will be tracked at www.PaddleRelay.com, where participants will post photos and blog throughout the entire summer. Everyone who paddles the flagship V7 will sign the boat, and it will be auctioned off at the end of the event."

Join and Donate
Anyone interested in participating in the event or donating can register online now at www.PaddleRelay.com. Businesses or organizations wishing to sponsor the event at any level can find sponsorship details on the website or contact sponsorship@paddlerelay.com.

Organizer Contact Information:
nick@paddlerelay.com
james@paddlerelay.com

Media Contact:
Jenn Korail
Airfoil Group
+1-248-304-1429 korail@airfoilgroup.com

 

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