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Paddlers conquer the Narrows


Ola Richards / Petersburg Pilot

Chad Wright and a group of kayakers enter Frederick Sound on their way to Sandy Beach from Papke's Landing. Twenty-two paddlers completed this year's full course, which was 14 miles long. Eleven others joined at Scow Bay and South Harbor.

The 2nd annual Paddle Battle sponsored by the Petersburg Medical Center Foundation saw 33 paddlers this year and one ride-along pup. Paddlers from age seven to 66 took to the water with 22 folks completing the full 14-mile course from the Papke's Landing launch ramp to Sandy Beach Park. Paddlers paid a $20 entry fee and asked for pledges for each mile paddled. So far over $11,000 has been raised, including a $3,000 contribution from First Bank, with more donations still trickling in said PMC executive assistant Chad Wright. The money will be put toward a new tub and shower room in the Long Term Care unit of the hospital where 15 residents live full-time.


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