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June 20, 2013

Paddling up the Right Creek

Enthusiast organizing 101-mile lake kayak race

Burnside —

Susan Powell, shown below with her dog, is a former federal agent and kayaking enthusiast who organized the last three Lake Cumberland kayak fishing tournaments for "Heroes on the Water," a non-profit charity which helps disabled veterans, She is back again this year with what she hopes will be a marathon kayak race that draws attention to the Lake Cumberland region..
"The 2013 Lake Cumberland 101 Mile Kayak/Canoe/SUP/Surfski Race is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19. That night is a full moon which will help paddlers during the night of the race," Powell explained.
"The race will start at 7:00 a.m. at Wolf Creek dam and paddlers will paddle non-stop past Conley Bottom, Burnside Dock to Dixie Bend to a turn-around and finish at Lee’s Ford Marina for an awards ceremony.
"Paddlers will stay at Lee’s Ford (Paddler’s village) and their shuttle will leave at 5:00 a.m. for the 7:00 a.m. start at Wolf Creek Dam. The finish line is at Lee’s Ford which is convenient so racers can sleep before the awards ceremony.
"Most paddlers will paddle this distance on the average of 25-plus hours, putting them at the finish line about 8:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, after a day of non-stop paddling.
"I have been talking to some of the racers and they will be traveling from far distances for this event. Lee’s Ford will again host the event for paddlers to stay in their cabins allowing them to attend a mandatory safety meeting 6:00 p.m. Friday prior to the race.
"This event calls for considerable of coordination with safety boaters, communication and sponsors from the local Lake Cumberland area.
"Proceeds will go to Team River Runners—wounded warriors and their families.

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