|
Milford Beacon
  • Milford welcomes back Paddle Pedal Festival & 5K Run/Walk

  • Milford Parks & Recreation and Downtown Milford, Inc., is offering you the chance to start off Saturday in a fresh and healthy way with its second Paddle Pedal Festival & 5K Run/Walk in downtown Milford.
    • email print
  • Milford Parks & Recreation and Downtown Milford, Inc., is offering you the chance to start off Saturday in a fresh and healthy way with its second Paddle Pedal Festival & 5K Run/Walk in downtown Milford.
    List of events
    The Paddle Pedal Festival features three events: a 20K bike ride, 5K run/walk and a poker paddle canoe/kayak ride.
    The route for the bike ride will take cyclists from Chaney-Wilmont Greenway to Lincoln and then back to Chaney-Wilmont Greenway.
    For the 5K run/walk, the course will start on the Mispillion Riverwalk and go to the Milford Middle School and then back to the Riverwalk. Medallions of the historic Mispillion lighthouse will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in their respective age categories: 10 and younger, 11-17, 18-29, 30-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, and 71 and older.
    After the races have ended around 11 a.m., participants can get refueled with tasty burgers and hotdogs, while listening to live music at Chaney-Wilmont Greenway. Awards will also be presented at that time.
    What's new?
    The poker paddle race adds a new twist and a longer course than the inaugural paddle event, which saw participants simply travel from the Mispillion Marina to downtown Milford. This time, poker has been added to the paddling.
    The way it works is participants will canoe or kayak to five different locations in downtown Milford from the Mispillion River. At each location, paddlers will pick up a playing card. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three best poker hands: first prize is $100, second prize is $75 and third prize is $50.
    In addition to poker paddle, the route for this year's 20K bike ride has also been revamped. And the 5K walk/run has been shortened from last year's 10K run/walk.
    Milford Parks & Recreation Superintendent Mary Betts feels the revision of this year's events will better highlight the beauty that downtown Milford has to offer its residents and tourists.
    "We're very excited because we feel we definitely made some improvements," Betts said.
    Betts also thinks Saturday's revamped festival should attract more than the estimated 50 participants that attended last year's affair.
    "We thought that was a very great number for a first-year event," Betts said. "We'd like to double last year's attendance and see what happens."
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT 2013 Paddle Pedal Festival & 5K Run/Walk
    WHEN Saturday, Oct. 5. Registration will start at 8 a.m.; The events will all start at 10 a.m.
    Page 2 of 2 - WHERE Chaney-Wilmont Greenway, 1 N. Marshall St., Milford
    COST $20 by Thursday, Oct. 3; $25 on the day of the event
    INFO Visit downtownmilford.org or call 422-1104
      • calendar