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Paddle Battle offers fun way to exercise 6-feet apart


Photo courtesy of Eric Castro

While some had to paddle north up the Wrangell Narrows, those in the safety boats got to enjoy a cheese platter, crackers and cocktails. From left to right: Sue Erickson, Rocio Tejera, Barb Marifern and Katie Taylor.

Twenty-one paddlers competed in Petersburg Medical Center's Paddle Battle on Saturday as a way to exercise while social distancing and raise money for PMC staff education.

Participants began leaving Papke's Landing in groups on Saturday afternoon and continued on a 7.3 mile trip north to Scow Bay. Previous year's Paddle Battles ended at Sandy Beach, but this year PMC Public Relations Coordinator Kelsey Lambe said the hospital wanted to try something different. By traveling in groups, the safety boats were able to watch the paddlers much easier over the shorter distance. Typically, the padd...

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