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Paddling For A Second Chance

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MELLVILLE, Del. - We've seen people race -- bike -- and even dance for charity -- but paddle board?

"The SUP racing has really grown on Delmarva in the last two or three years," says Brian Muller with Delmarva Board Sports.

Making the Eastern Shore a perfect place for a new kind of charity fundraiser

Shawn McDowell, Race Director says "Operation Second chance and board works were looking for a great venue for their race and charity."

So, they created "Paddle Fenwick," a weekend long paddle board event, capped off by a race in the Indian River Bay.  It's all to raise money for Operation Second chance, an organization which helps wounded veterans ease back into society.

Paddle Fenwick has reached about half of its $50,000 goal. "That money goes directly to the soldiers and their families.  It could be simple things like buying plane tickets or helping with some of the transitional items in their home," says Walt Ellenberger, chairperson of Paddle Fenwick.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, WMDT's Jarred Hill decided to dive in.  After a lesson from SUP instructor Holly, Jarred was ready. 

Holly, who's also a paddle fitness instructor, even had him knock out a couple of pushups on the board.

"In one hour you can burn 500 to 700 calories," said Holly.   

Paddle Fenwick starts June 29th with yoga, sprint races, and paddle board demonstrations.  Then the races kick off Sunday morning with a 2.5 mile beginner race, and 5 miles for advanced paddlers. 

To sign up or donate, visit Paddle Fenwick's website.

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