Are your running shoes, kayaks and paddle boards ready for the 11th annual Kayak for the Warriors events? The events comprise a major fundraiser for Hope for the Warriors, an organization whose mission is to help those warrior heroes who have sacrificed so much.
Looking for someplace to run on Memorial Day Weekend? Then head out to the beach at The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores (formerly The Clamdigger) on Saturday, May 26 and participate in the 5K or the Fun Run/Walk. Runners will head down the beach toward Salter Path, cross over Hwy. 58, and continue through beautiful Beacon’s Reach, then return to the beach. Walkers will remain on the beach. Entry fees for the 5K is $25 including a T-shirt and the Fun Run is $15. Registration is available at www.runtheeast.com.
On Thursday, May 31, the Warrior reception and live and silent auctions will be held at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Doors open at 6pm. The live auction begins at 7:30pm and light food and wine will be available, along with the opportunity to bid on some great items from local artists and businesses. Check out donations the event Facebook page, Kayak for the Warriors. Entrance to the auction is $10 per person.
On Saturday, June 2, at 10am the signature kayak and paddleboard race begins at Garner Park on Oakleaf Drive and includes a complete a 3.2-mile course through the canals. A $50 registration includes a T-shirt and lunch. The event will once again feature the warrior race in which a participant could win the coveted prize by raising the most dollars for Hope for the Warriors. The warrior winner will be the racer with fastest warrior time by calculating their raw time minus dollars raised. For every dollar raised by each racer, 1 second will be deducted from their raw race time. Participants can use any paddle-worthy vessel in order to compete.
Sponsors, spectators and guests are invited to participate in the post-race activities, including a raffle and barbecue feast from 11:30am-1pm. The cost is $10 for non-participants. Awards in both kayak and paddle board categories will be given out at this time.
For registration and further information on any of these events, visit www.k4tw.org. On the site visitors may register electronically, donate, or just learn more about this worthwhile organization. Registration forms can also be picked up at town hall.
Hope for the Warriors provides a variety of programming. They include spouse scholarships; Warrior’s Wish grants; immediate needs to aid in the recovery process and transition to life beyond; the Warrior House that provides adaptive living quarters for wounded families until long-term arrangements can be made; Family Support Program; Above and Beyond, a program designed to provide professional tools and guidance to move beyond recovery; and an outreach program providing education and other resources.
Hope For The Warriors consistently spends 90% to 93% of funds raised to serve our wounded. Only 7 to 10 percent is used for administrative costs. Financial data is available at Charity Navigator. Neither Kayak for the Warriors nor Hope For The Warriors are affiliated with The Wounded Warrior Project.