River Gorge Excursions, a pontoon boat tour and rental company, announces its Paddle for PanCAN 5K event. A virtual paddle race with all the proceeds benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its research to fight pancreatic cancer.
Pancan.org said, “Pancreatic cancer takes 90 percent of its victims within five years and kills more people than breast cancer in the United States.” River Gorge Excursions would love to give back to an organization that has affected many loved ones near and far.
Individuals can participate in the 5K anytime between Sept. 1 - Nov. 15 in any body of water. Participants will track their coordinates, distance and time of their 3.1 miles.
Registration is $25 per adult, $15 per child (12 & under), and $50 per tandem kayak entry.
River Gorge Excursion’s website and Eventbrite page has more information and access to tickets.
“This will be a fun event to get people outdoors while creating awareness for pancreatic cancer,” said Jesse Gaylor, owner of River Gorge Excursions.
There will be four divisions of the race: Adult Male, Adult Female, Tandem Kayak and Child entry. The winner with the fastest time in each division will be given a prize donated from one of the sponsors. Other prizes will be given for best kayak, best route and most purple.
Additionally, all participants will be entered to win raffle prizes that have been donated by various sponsors. Some partners include Sunshine Adventures, River Drifters, The Adventures of Cecil and The Tennessee River Gorge Trust. However, River Gorge Excursions is still in need of more sponsors for this event. One hundred plus attendees are anticipated for the event.
"We are asking for $250-$500 for sponsorship," organizers said. "This will include the sponsor’s logo featured on all promotions for the event and event t-shirts. Our promotions, which will include the sponsor’s company name and logo, will be featured on our social media pages (Facebook & Instagram), event posts & flyers, Eventbrite website, and through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
"The entire donation will be going to pancreatic cancer and, most importantly, it will provide the opportunity for individuals to engage in a positive outdoor activity in our community that we get to call home. If you are unable to sponsor this event, but would still like to donate products for our raffle prizes, please contact us."