On August 6, the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium (FLM&A) will host its first annual Paddle Keuka 5K. Kayak and canoe enthusiasts are invited to compete in the fun 3.1-mile race on Keuka Lake. Proceeds benefit the FLM&A.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for paddling fans to enjoy one of the most scenic spots in the Finger Lakes and also engage in a friendly competition,” said Natalie Payne, FLM&A executive director. “There are multiple 5K events in the region, but none are quite like this.”
Paddlers will launch from the FLM&A’s Creekside Center for a 9 a.m. mass start. The center, scheduled to open this summer, will become the area’s newest kayak and canoe livery. Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign last year, an ADA-compliant launch is being installed there. Race participants will begin and end at this launch.
The course will span the beautiful western branch of Keuka Lake with checkpoints at Camp Good Days and Special Times, and Keuka Lake State Park.
A total of 33 medals will be awarded for top finishers in the canoe and kayak divisions, for male, female and tandem team-categories. T-shirts are guaranteed to all participants who register by July 31.
Visit fingerlakesmuseum.org to learn more – and register – for the first annual Paddle Keuka 5K. Stay tuned for additional details on programs happening at the FLM&A’s Creekside Center this year.
Make a donation today at fingerlakesmuseum.org