Hosted by the Town of North Hempstead and the Port Washington Community Chest, participants will launch from the North Hempstead Town Dock in Port Washington at the sound of cannon fire, then will proceed for a leisurely paddle around the bay. The event is a fundraiser for the Community Chest of Port Washington, which serves those in need in the Port Washington community.
Participants may choose whether they would like to compete with kayaks, paddle boards or canoes. Kayak rentals are available to those who do not own their own kayak for discounted rates at Atlantic Outfitters, 405 Main St., and Koastal Paddle, 158 Manorhaven Blvd.
A raffle drawing will be held at the finish line of the event at Town Dock. The top raffle prize is a brand new kayak. The entry fee for adults more than 20 years of age is $25; $45 if paid on July 21. Young adults and children pay $5, $25 if paid on July 21. Visit www.portchest.org to register and pay online. Paper registration forms are available at the Town Dock, Atlantic Outfitters, or online at www.portchest.org/calendar. Entry forms and payment can be dropped off at the Community Chest at 382 Main St. or Atlantic Outfitters located at Inspiration Wharf, 405 Main St.
The rain date for the event is Sunday, July 22, at 10 a.m. For more information on this year’s Kayak Run, call the Town of North Hempstead at 311, or the Port Washington Community Chest at 516-767-2121.