The Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium will hold its second annual Paddle Keuka 5K canoe and kayak race Aug. 5. Last year’s inaugural event, which was sponsored by many prominent area wineries, restaurants, and businesses, was a splashing success with 60 paddlers from across the Finger Lakes Region taking part.
This year, a third category, Stand-up Paddling, is being added to attract even more diverse participants to the event. Contestants will compete in three divisions broken down by age and gender, and then into categories based on the type of craft being used.
The three age divisions are Open (18-39), Masters (40-59) and Seniors (60 and over). Categories will be broken down into Male, Female, and Pair/Team/Double. The type-of-craft categories included Single Canoe, Single Kayak, Double Canoe, Tandem Kayak, and Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP).
Last year, a total of 33 medals were awarded to winners in the various categories. The overall first-place winner was Dan Murn of Fairport, who finished the 3.1-mile course in 26 minutes/45 seconds, winning the Male, Senior, and Single Kayak categories in the process.
Contestants will paddle a marked course around the north end of Keuka Lake’s west branch beginning and ending at the museum’s Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve, in an event that will benefit the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium.