MALLORYTOWN LANDING – The primary ever Paddle Poker Race was a splash this past weekend.
The rain held off on Saturday for the more than 70 paddlers who came out and launched their participant-owned kayaks, canoes and other paddle crafts from the shoreline at Brown’s Bay for the inaugural Paddle Poker Race hosted by the Township of Entrance of Yonge.
“This event was designed to earn folks out and playing the river in a healthy, safe and fun way,” said Leslie MacPherson, a member of the organizing committee.
Players took off from Brown’s Bay and were able to practice two routes. For newbie players they paddled to Chimney Island, and for the intermediate level paddlers they followed the 2d route and paddled to Mallorytown Landing.
The poker race wasn’t a race nonetheless there was some friendly completion between guests and family teams while they followed the routes to the checkpoints, where each paddler drew a playing card.
After the 5 checkpoints there were prizes for the stay three entirely playing hand in each division, newbie and intermediate. Ryleigh Goguen acquired the stay prize for the newbie division and Roger Meunier for the intermediate. Each acquired a $100 reward card to Moore McGuire’s.
“All I can say is that it’s been a perfect morning,” said Meunier. “I didn’t question of these numbers nonetheless my first cards were four, four, and four.”
Tara Allen and Sarah Rhoden acquired 2d and third place for newbie paddlers, and Nancy Clow and Matthew Willis acquired 2d and third place for the intermediate paddlers.
Paddlers were safety spread apart physically and departed at staggered scheduled occasions while they launched their paddle crafts into the river.
Entrance of Yonge Mayor Roger Haley said folks are hopeful and are already marking their calendar for subsequent year’s Paddle Poker Race.
First Paddle Poker Race a hit