EUREKA - A new wave will hit the shores of the lake late next month for the kayak obstacle course race. For the first time, the fifth installment of the event, slated for Aug. 24, will include a group of 10 to 15 military veterans that part of a Team River Runner chapter based in Decatur. They part of a national organization that offers wounded and disabled veterans opportunities to find health, healing, community purpose and new challenges through participating in paddle sports.
"(Regional coordinator) Jennifer (Hahn) contacted me to ask if the Decatur-area veterans could attend and we are very excited to have this wonderful group coming to Eureka to participate,” race organizer Gloria Phelps commented. "I started sharing the information with friends and women in some classes that I teach and they immediately responded that they wanted to sponsor the veterans. They believe the vets’ participation is just as wonderful and exciting as I think it is. We want them to be our guests.”
Members of the veterans’ families and five crew members who assist the veterans on the water also will attend. The participation fee of $30 per person will be paid by local individuals.
The event is expected to have around 100 participants. In the inaugural year of 2014, there were 75 competitors.
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