The Connecticut Challenge's third annual Stand Up Paddle event is Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Penfield Pavilion II (Jacky Durell Pavilion) in Fairfield, CT. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 a.m.

The event, which raises funds for cancer survivorship programs throughout Connecticut, will be followed by a post-event barbecue from noon-4 p.m.

This year's event is sanctioned by the World Paddle Association for the first time since its inception, generating awareness to a larger audience of paddlers of all levels.

"We're excited about our third annual event and welcoming back our veteran paddlers," said race director Dave Keith. "We also hope the addition of several race divisions this year will attract paddlers from across the region and followers of the World Paddling Association racing circuit. It's going to be a fun day at the beach for all ages and skill levels and we hope the community comes out to enjoy the great new sport of stand-up paddling and to help raise money for the cancer survivorship programs of the CT Challenge."

The race will have two divisions, one for racers and one for recreational paddlers. There are three age categories for each of the men and women racers: 17-and-under, 18-49 and 50-and-over. There is a 3.5-mile and 6.5-mile distance for racers and recreational riders alike.

"Stand Up Paddle is a fast-growing sport that appeals to all ages and is particularly well-suited for families," said Bob Mazzone, COO of the CT Challenge. "We are honored that so many paddle enthusiasts are coming together through their sport to raise money for the CTC."

The event is hoping to exceed last year's number of 45 paddlers. For more information or to register for the event, visit http://ctchallengepaddle.org.

Proceeds from the event allow CT Challenge to support a growing statewide network of hospitals that have cancer survivorship programs. By screening for long-term health and psychosocial effects from the disease and treatments, the goal of these programs is to educate and empower survivors to take back control of their lives from cancer and improve their quality of life.

About the Connecticut Challenge

The Connecticut Challenge, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, founded in 2005, that creates and supports unique survivorship programs and research to empower cancer survivors to live healthier, happier, longer lives. More than $7 million has been raised to date to benefit programs for cancer survivors. The CTC's Center for Survivorship is scheduled to open in September in Southport, CT. To learn more, visit www.ctchallenge.com.

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