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Raise Your Paddle

May 23, 2016 02:18PM ● By Erica Shames
The inaugural Sunrise. Sunset. Susquehanna paddle-a-thon to benefit Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER®, a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series event presented nationally by Toyota, will take place Saturday, July 2.

The paddling adventure will start at sunrise in Berwick and end at sunset in Danville, where paddlers and guests will be treated to an old-fashion BBQ by the river to celebrate Pennsylvania’s 2016 River of the Year – the Susquehanna North Branch.

"There are several ways you can participate in the day-long event," explains Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® Carol Parenzan. Paddlers can enjoy a full day on the water, meandering 22 miles of this natural treasure and experiencing first-hand what Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® works to protect, improve and preserve.

Paddlers also have the option to spend just the morning or the afternoon on the river, either departing or entering at Bloomsburg. All paddlers, however, will be treated to a post-paddle party by the river, an event t-shirt, shuttle service, and snacks/lunch. For safety reasons, the paddle is limited to 100 individuals and all participants must be pre-registered. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. River guide services are being conducted by event sponsor Canoe Susquehanna, LLC. Land coordination and registration is being provided by Fits for Funds, LLC.

Those signing up by May 31 will receive the earlybird discount price of $50. Starting on June 1, the cost increases to $75. BBQ only tickets are $30. In addition to joining the river rats for the evening activities, non-paddlers can sponsor a paddler and volunteer their time to assist with the day’s activities.

“Paddlers aren’t required to get sponsors for their paddle, but we do encourage it, and there are great prizes for the paddlers raising the most funds,” says Parenzan. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and media outlets can participate as event sponsors and join national event sponsor Toyota. “There are two goals for the event,” shares Parenzan. “As a young organization, our primary goal is to bring awareness to our program while gaining the support of the community. But also as a new river advocate, we need to raise funds to support our programs, perform community outreach, monitor watershed activities, and be the voice for the river herself. We would be delighted to pull out of the river at the end of the day knowing we raised money for each mile we paddled to support the program. It would be a great boost to this emerging nonprofit organization.”

For learn more about the event, register to paddle, reserve a seat at the BBQ, or inquire about event sponsorships, please visit the event’s website: For more information on the SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota, please visit

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