A 22.5-mile course around Absecon Island faces 52 paddlers at the 8th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause presented by Johnson’s Popcorn (Shaun Smith).

More than 100 people collected pledges and padded their hardest to make the 8th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause presented by Johnson’s Popcorn a massive success Saturday, June 13. A total of 120 paddlers crossed the finish line at Golden Nugget Marina raising more than $75,000 for people affected by cancer.

Brian Pasternak, 31 of Ocean City won the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island for the third straight time. His time set a new record at with a time of 3:58:41. His time last year was 3:59:22.

Paddlers were required to raise at least $200 in pledges to participate in the Paddle For a Cause. Past President Adam Walcoff of Linwood was the top fundraiser bringing in $5,616 for the foundation. President Paul Giunta of Somers Point was not far behind raising $5,210 as of this writing.

“I feel honored that so many people pledged to put me as the top fundraiser,” said Walcoff. “I’m not done yet.”

Top finishers in the Men’s and Women’s SUP, Men’s prone and open divisions received: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. Social events included a 8-mile paddle to Wonder Bar in Atlantic City and back and a 4-mile fun paddle to Wonder Bar and transportation back to Golden Nugget Marina.

The 22.5-mile course was designed by event-founder Mike May in 2008 who said there were only seven participants that year for the event to raise funds to assist Dean Randazzo in his battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

It was also a big day for Ricky LeForge of Ridgewood who proposed to Tara Barlow after going 22.5 miles around Absecon Island in 5:37.55.

Winners in the Men’s Prone Paddleboard division are:

  1. Brian Pasternak of Ocean City (3:58:41)
  2. Dan Michaluk of Toronto, ON, Canada (4:10:11)
  3. Lewis Ostrander of Marmora (4:18:10)


Winners in the Men’s Stand Up Paddleboard 14-foot and under division are:

1. Jason Chew of Ocean City (4:21:08)
2. Ryan Oliver of Toms River (4:24:10)
3. Greg Errion of Toms River (4:27:03)


Winners in the Women’s SUP division are:

1. Josette Lata of New York City (5:34:41) (12-foot-6-inch-board)
2. Claire Condie of Neptune (6:12:36) (14-foot-board)

Winners in the open Paddleboard division are:

1. Brendan Canavan of Somers Point (6:34.32)

For full results see Paddle

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