Paddle with your heart: Dean Randazzo Paddle for a Cause

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Dean Randazzo Paddle for a Cure New Jersey
Sean Duffey of Ventnor takes an early lead off the starting line of the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island during the 10th annual Paddle For A Cause.
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Stand up paddle racing is a fitness workout and it takes a lot of heart.  But, what makes these events truly spectacular is how many of them stand for a cause that allows paddle athletes to lean into helping others through their efforts.

The soul of the paddling tribe is strong.  Welcome to the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause.  When we all work together, we can accomplish so much.

Dean Randazzo Paddle for a Cure New Jersey
Sean Duffey of Ventnor takes an early lead off the starting line of the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island during the 10th annual Paddle For A Cause.

11th Annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle for a Cause

Competitors are training and raising funds for the 11th annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For A Cause in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 9th, 2018. Racers will compete for their share of more than $5,000 in prize money.

Stand up paddlers, prone paddlers and rowers from around the world will participate in multiple race events on the the waterways Saturday, June 9th at Golden Nugget in Atlantic City including 4 and 8-mile fun paddles that navigate the back bays to The Wonder Bar.

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Abby Gabriele of Ocean City paddles in the prone division at the 10th annual Paddle For A Cause

22.5 miles to Raise Money for People with Cancer

The marquee event is the 22.5-mile race around Absecon Island.  This waterman & waterwoman’s challenge draws paddle boarders and rowers competitors from all over and offers prizes for men’s and women’s prone and stand-up paddle boarding divisions.  Sup and prone relay teams also complete in the 22.5-mile course and an open division welcomes all kayaks, outrigger canoe, surf ski and lifeguard boats in solo race and team relay formats.

The course is designed to challenge racers in the reminder that they are also helping people struggling with cancer.

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Dan Michaluk of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, glides through the finish line as the second overall finisher in the 22.5-mile race with a time of 4:04:20 to win the men’s prone unlimited category at the 10th annual Paddle For A Cause.

Dean Randazzo Paddle for a Cause:  Registration is Now OPEN

Registration is now open at TheDRCF.org. There is also a virtual paddling event for those who want to take part in the event without getting wet.

All paddlers and virtual paddlers are required to raise a minimum of $200 in order to participate.  All proceeds benefit the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit that provides grants to financially assist people with cancer.

Virtual paddlers who raise the minimum $200 entry fee will receive a swag bag, entry into the after party and race gear that is provided to all paddlers.

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Josette Lata of Pine Beach receives her first-place award for Womens 14-49 division from Dean Randazzo at the 10th annual Paddle for a Cause.

In Memory of Karen Grant, a survivor and fundraiser

This year, the event will be dedicated to the memory of Karen Grant who passed away this April. Grant was a recipient of the generosity of the Foundation back in 2013 when she was diagnosed with Primary Peritoneal Cancer. She wanted to give back to the DRCF once she was healthy enough to contribute. She became a board member shortly after a was the top fundraiser at last year’s Paddle For A Cause.

“Karen was committed and passionate.  She understood what was a priority in her life, which included the DRCF.  She served as one of the most dedicated members on our board up until this dreadful disease took her life,” said Foundation President Mark Zappone.

Last year, more than 120 participants helped the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation surpass its $100,000 goal by $10,000.

Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle for a Cause New Jersey
Tyler Hunter of Cape May Court House celebrates his win as the first finisher in the men’s 14-foot and shorter stand up paddleboard 8-mile race at the 10th annual Paddle For A Cause.

Prizes, Awards, Supporting the Cause

Prize money will be awarded in each of the following categories:
Men and Women’s 14′ and under for Sup and Prone Unlimited
$800 for first,
$350 for second and
$150 for third.

After the action on the water, an after party and awards ceremony will be held 4 p.m. at The Deck at Golden Nugget. The party is included with registration and $25 to all others.

Residents with homes along the paddle course in Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport are encouraged to show support the paddlers as they pass. Cow bells, cheering and environmentally sound confetti are all welcomed

Businesses can support the event by becoming a sponsor.

See TheDRCF.org for information.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.