On Saturday, paddlers of all levels came together and participated in Paddle 4 The Pool, a new FUNdraising event for the Charlevoix Area Community Pool.
“We were very excited for this first year event to go off without a hitch and we had a great group of participants and volunteers on the waters,” said Carissa Mullaney, Event Coordinator. “Weather predictions were not in our favor leading up to the event, but we kept a close watch and lucked out with a window of good weather coinciding with the exact timing of our event.”
The four-mile event—open to paddlers on SUPs, kayaks and canoes—took place on Lake Charlevoix, starting and finishing at Ferry Beach in the morning.
The predicted time contest required paddlers to provide an estimate for how long they thought it would take to complete the course.
Those that finished closest to their prediction were the winners.
No time pieces were allowed.
The first place winner, Emily Beynon, a kayaker from Houston, Texas finished 4 minutes, 4 seconds away from her prediction. Second place went to Kathy Vance of Grand Rapids, while Greg DeNio of Charlevoix finished third.
“All of the paddlers finished faster than what their estimates were and now that we have the results up on the event website, I expect that next years’ participants will have an even better gauge for predicting their time,” said Mullaney. “The distance proved to work well for all levels of paddlers with everyone finishing under an hour and a half.”
Smart paddling as it relates to water safety is a big concern for the area, and this event was developed with several precautions in mind.
All participants were required to wear personal flotation devices.