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Paddle 4THE22 M270
July 13 @ 12:00 am - July 19 @ 12:00 am EDT
We are stoked to announce the first ever Paddle 4THE22 M270. It is held in honor of our military, first responders and their families. We are losing over 22 of our heroes every single day! Getting on the water with 4THE22 helps allow participating veterans and first responders to look beyond their challenges, and to once again achieve their full potential. We believe in making Standup paddle available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the transformational benefits of this powerful sport. 4THE22 works to not only raise awareness of veteran and first responder suicide rates, but mainly to provide solutions. We hope to see you all out on the water, as we bring balance to our heroes lives! 4THE22 is a branch of Helping Heroes Kids (HHK), a 501 C3 Nonprofit Organization, thats main focus is sending the kids of our veterans and first responders who have been injured or killed in the line of duty to a summer camp so their families can start the healing process. With enough support HHK plans to fund College scholarships for the kids as well. Event Overview:270 milesWe strive to create a strong culture – one of support, encouragement, and inclusivenessWe are one team, therefore, we will all paddle in the same division regardless of age, sex, board, boat etc…This paddle may be 270 miles, but it is open to everyone at any level!!You can paddle 1 mile or the whole 270 milesThere will be camping, camaraderie, and food at the end of each day of paddlingWe will paddle out of South Haven, MI to Alden Depot Park & Museum in Alden, MIwe will kick off at 5:30AM with prayer and the national anthem Performed by Erika Rose an Army VeteranWe will paddle out of South Haven at 6:00AM on the 13th of JulyEach day will be broken into 6 hour sectionsThe course goes along the beautiful shoreline of Lake MichiganLeash and PFD required and enforcedM270 BREAK DOWN: DAY 1 (Approximately 47 miles)South Haven to Grand HavenDAY 2 (Approximately 48 miles)Grand Haven to Silver LakeDAY 3 (Approximately 48 miles)Silver Lake to Manistee State ParkDAY 4 (Approximately 44 miles)Manistee State Park to EmpireDAY 5 (Approximately 43 miles)Empire to Leelanau State ParkDAY 6 (Approximately 40 miles)Leelanau State Park to Alden Depot Park & Museum IF YOU DO NOT PRE-REGISTER, make sure you SHOW UP EARLY enough to register prior to our 6AM start time. If you would like to join us mid paddle, we will have a GPS tracker on board. You will be able to track us in real time from a link provided on our website, WWW.4THE22.Life. We just ask that you register before paddling out. REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY FOR ALL PADDLERS! If you don’t have a board and would like to rent, arrangements can be made prior to race day. Please contact us for details.(limited availability/ first come first serve)