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June 20, 2013

Paddling up the Right Creek

Enthusiast organizing 101-mile lake kayak race


Burnside —

"I created the kayak fishing events myself, but will need support and assistance to make this Kentucky’s first marathon kayak/canoe race a big success. Some of these races attract hundreds of paddlers to their area.
"Tourism is slowing down in October, so this race should be a big boost to our economy and I expect it to draw national attention.
"The MO340 race (yes, that’s 340 miles of paddling) attracted 15 boats its first year, 75 the second, and last year durings its eight season, 400 boats! The Ohio Paddlefest started with 60 paddlers, and in their tenth year they had more than 2,200 paddling at one time, and over 5,000 enthusiasts visiting their area.
"I know with a lot of support, the Lake Cumberland area could be a main attraction area for kayakers, canoeists and Stand Up Paddleboards and surfskis.
"I attended the Nashville Paddlefest a few weeks ago to market this event and our area as there was over 300 people paddling and trying out new gear. I raced at the Volunteer80 in Knoxville passing out information for this event and will be racing this Sat in Ohio.
"There are already 10 top, elite marathon kayakers and the world’s best SUPer registered for the Lake Cumberland 101. If you ever wanted to know and see the top athletes in this field, this is the place and time this year!"
Powell can be contacted at 606-383-3061 or at for additional information and sponsorship and support.
Powell has been kayaking for 29 years. She started doing an internshipship at Western Carolina University, 30 miles from the famous Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC.
"I didn’t have a vehicle back in college, so would ride my road bike pedaling 30 miles one way to work Sat and Sun as a raft guide. I got hooked on whitewater and did a lot of class IV stuff and lived right on the Nantahala River paddling 7 miles to work with no traffic or stop signs…just the cold running water under my kayak.

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