Paddle race in need of volunteers

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Kayakers and canoers from all over are expected to visit Cameron County next weekend.

Saturday, April 6 is the Sinnemahone Paddle.

Before that can happen, two groups are in need of volunteers to make the event run smoothly.
The first set of volunteers are needed this weekend.

Don Bickford is the managing director for Cameron County Outdoor Youth Activities. He’s organizing the annual Sinnemahone Cleanup.

“We’ve been doing this for, like I said, 9 years now, and it’s amazing how much trash we end up picking up on the day of the event,” Bickford said.

He’s searching for more volunteers to cover the around 20 miles of roads along the race route.

“The more volunteers we have, the less sections of road the volunteers have to pick up,” Bickford said.

This year it’s part of a triple crown series. It’s all to make the county a little more beautiful ahead of the paddle.

“We’re hoping to bring people 3 times into Cameron County,” executive director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Tina Solak said. “Once to paddle, once to bike, and the third to do a foot race.”

With so many events, Solak said they need plenty of volunteers– especially people to help pull kayaks and canoes out of the water at the end.

“After they paddle 12 miles they could be a little tired and could use the extra manpower.”

The Sinnemahone Cleanup is Sunday, March 31 beginning at noon. Volunteers meet at the Cameron Railroad Bridge along Route 120.

Volunteers will be assigned a portion to be cleaned of litter. Gloves, trash bags and safety vests will be provided. Volunteers wishing to clean the stream must have a canoe, kayak and a partner. 

To volunteer for the cleanup, contact the Chamber of Commerce, call Bickford at or 814-598-0381, just show up on the day of the cleanup.

To volunteer for the day of the race, contact the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce at 814-486-4314 or cameronchamber@gmail.com.

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