UPPER TOWNSHIP - The 10th annual “Pilgrim Paddle” will be held at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23. The event is a 3.5 mile row for Van Duyne surfboats, Crew Shells, and Stand Up Paddleboards. It will start from the Upper Township municipal beach in Beesley’s Point, rowing around Drag Island by the Garden State Parkway, and then returning to the start. It is open to anyone who would like to compete.
Event organizer Wayne MacMurray states, “There are not entry fees, no shirts, no trophies. Just a row. It is an opportunity to get an early workout in before the holiday celebration starts. We all row for most of the year, and it is a wonderful opportunity for us to train together for a day. We see old friends while being very thankful for what we have.”
Last year’s winners, Darrick Kobierowski and Terry McGovern, Wildwood Beach Patrol alumni will be back to defend their title. In addition to the paddleboards, it is anticipated that beach patrols and alumni boats from Wildwood, Ventnor, Margate, Longport, Sea Isle City, Upper Township, and Long Beach Island will be in the event. All are welcome.
For more information or to sign up for the row, please contact event organizer MacMurray by email at UTBP1@aol.com.