Paddle For A Cause Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation

The marquee event is the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island, which draws paddleboarding and rowing competitors from around the world and offers prizes for men’s and women’s prone and stand-up paddleboarding divisions. New this year are categories and prizes specifically for racers in the outrigger canoe and surf ski vessels.  Paddleboarding teams can also complete the 22.5-mile as a relay and an open division welcomes all kayaks and lifeguard boats in solo race and team relay formats.

For the first time in about 6 years it looks like we may be going ocean first. Right now projected winds are 11mph out of the ENE. This will make this a true downwinder in the ocean.

The course was designed to challenge racers as a reminder that they are helping people struggling with cancer. There is also a virtual paddling event for those who want to take part in the event without getting wet. This virtual tour was made a few years back with the ocean first.

Cash prizes of $800 for first place, $350 for second place and $150 for third place will be awarded for the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island in the following categories: men’s open prone, men’s 14-foot and longer stand up paddleboard, women’s open prone and women’s 14-foot and longer stand up paddleboard. In addition, the foundation will be offering smaller purses to the top three overall finishers in two newly announced categories, the Surf Ski and OC-1.

There are noncompetitive fun paddleboarding and kayaking events with 4-mile and 8-mile courses that navigate from the marina through the back bays to The Wonder Bar. There is also an 8-mile race. A virtual paddling event allows supporters to fundraise online and participate in the event without getting wet.

All paddlers and virtual paddlers are required to fundraise $200 to participate with proceeds benefiting the foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to financially assist people with cancer. Virtual paddlers who raise the minimum $200 entry fee will receive a swag bag, entry into the after party and race gear that is provided to all paddlers.

This year’s memorial paddle-out will be held in honor of Gregory S. Weber of Red Bank, New Jersey, who died in March of cancer. Weber was well known in the watersports community, especially for being one of the first representatives in the paddleboard industry with C4 Waterman and Boardworks Paddle Boards.

See TheDrcf.org for information.

Schedule of Events

  • 6:30-7:45 a.m. – Registration 22.5-mile race
  • 7:45 a.m. – Pre-paddle meeting for 22.5-mile race
  • 7:50 a.m. – Group photo on the water
  • 7:55 a.m. – National Anthem
  • 8 a.m. – 22.5-mile race begins
  • 8:15-9:15 a.m. – 8-mile race registration 4-mile and 8-mile fun paddle registration
  • 9:30 a.m. – Memorial stone distribution
  • 9:45 a.m. – Memorial paddle-out
  • 9:55 a.m. –  8-mile and 4-mile fun on-the-water meeting
  • 10:00 a.m. – 8-mile race start
  • 10:05 a.m. – 8-mile and 4-mile fun paddle start
  • 12 p.m. – First 22.5-mile competitors return
  • 12-2:30 p.m. – Paddlers finish and congregate at the finish line and registration area
  • 4-7 p.m. – After Party and awards ceremony at The Deck at Golden Nugget

The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation promotes cancer awareness and assists individuals battling cancer both emotionally and financially. To date, the foundation has raised more than $800,000 and donates 90 percent of its funds to individuals and organizations including the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Fund, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Jersey Cape Regional Cancer Center and AtlantiCare Cancer Center.

The foundation was created in 2001 when Dean Randazzo, a professional surfer from Atlantic City, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. Since successfully battling the disease four times, Dean continues his competitive professional surfing career, proudly representing the Garden State all over the world. The Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation is a New Jersey Non Profit and 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. Donations by check should be made payable to DRCF and mailed to P.O. Box 149, Somers Point, NJ 08244.

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