© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
The kayakers are off and paddling during a multi sport competition in aid of the P.E.I Cancer Society. There was also sailing, cycling, paddle boarding and running. The event was called Boots, Boats, Bikes, Boards for a Cure.
The second annual Boots, Boats, Bikes and Boards for a Cure took place Saturday afternoon at the Charlottetown Yacht Club with a fundraising goal of $8,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society of P.E.I.
The Charlottetown Yacht Club hosted the event with five sponsors this year including the Charlottetown Yacht Club, Source for Sports, Sporting Intentions, Quarter Master Marine and Paddles.
There were five different areas to compete in with each area allotted seven teams. The sail boating kicked things off with kayaking, paddle boarding, biking and running followed suit. To participate, each member of the team had to donate a minimum of $100 dollars.
It’s great fun, said Margaret Wilton, annual giving co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. division.
“All the money that is raised will stay here in P.E.I. for the Canadian Cancer Society of P.E.I. division and mostly it will go towards programs and research.” City police helped out during the running and cycling races along with volunteers at intersections to ensure everyone’s safety, she said. For those who won first, second and third place, pennant flags were given out.
“It’s all about the bragging rights, “ said Wilton. Tristan Caron - Lévesque earned those bragging rights Saturday after winning the kayak race.
The 23–year-old who just moved to P.E.I. from Fredericton N.B. has been kayaking since the age of 10.
This was Caron - Lévesque first time kayaking competitively and finished 45 seconds to a minute ahead of everyone else.
Caron - Lévesque felt this race was a great cause after witnessing a friend die of brain cancer in 2008.
“Cancer is a horrible disease and the more to go to research the better.”