8th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle for a Cause Saturday, June 13

ATLANTIC CITY – Competitors from around the world will compete for $5,275 in prize money for a 22.5-mile paddleboard race around Absecon Island at the 8th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause presented by Johnson’s Popcorn Saturday, June 13.

“This is the 8th year for the Paddle for a Cause and it is the only around the island event remaining in Atlantic City. We have had tremendous success raising much needed funds to support our mission at this event,” said foundation Vice President Mark Zappone.

Ocean City’s Johnson’s Popcorn has sweetened the pot for the grueling race around the island as the presenting sponsor of winning prizes for the World Paddle Association sanctioned 22.5-mile around the island paddle: $1,000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third to be awarded in three different divisions. Men’s and Women’s 14’ Stand up Paddle and Unlimited prone paddle.

Registration is now open for all paddle divisions. Racers in the 22.5-mile division are required to raise a minimum of $200 prior to entry. The open division welcomes outrigger canoes, kayaks, surf skis and teams of paddlers. Register here.

The event was founded in 2008 by Mike May and he designed the course to challenge competitors both mentally and physically. The former Margate resident now lives in California and said he adopted much of the course from the former Atlantic City Ocean Marathon, known locally as the “Round-the-Island-Swim.”

“With all the stuff Dean was going through at the time, I wanted everyone to think about that when they’re out in the water. It’s not fun, to be perfectly honest with you. But, I think there is an aspect of it that brings home what the foundation is all about,” May said. “I did the paddle by myself a couple times when lived on Vendome Avenue. Doing it alone sealed it for me. You’re in your head a lot when you’re dong it alone. I thought the route was perfect especially with the shortcut through Venice Park going under all those little bridges.”

The course itself wasn’t even the hardest part in 2008 – a hurricane swell swept the water bottles and sunglasses away from the seven competitors paddling out at the Margate City pier. May says it is little wonder why the event has grown in international appeal.

“When you look at Atlantic City from the water instead of the streets, you see it for what it was and what it could be instead of what it is. The view is amazing through he back bays of Margate and Ventnor. You realize the bay is really beautiful,” May said. “The venue sells it. The more people around the world know where the event is the more people we get interested in the event.”

Check-in begins at 6:15 a.m. for the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island beginning and ending at Golden Nugget Marina in Atlantic City. The 8-mile and 4-mile fun paddles will begin at 10 a.m. and registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The after party is 4 p.m. at The Deck at Golden Nugget and is included with registration. After party is $25 all others and includes food, entertainment and awards ceremony.

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