Paddle Battle To Save Endangered Sea Turtles

The New York Marine Rescue Center will host the 2021 Paddle Battle LI Event on Saturday, July 31st along the Peconic River in Riverhead. The race will help support and save endangered sea turtles.

The family friendly event includes a 2.5-mile amateur race and a 5-mile competitive race course. First place medals will be offered to winners in each category, for each class and distance. There will also be a casual paddle for the not so competitive paddler, which is not a race but a way for family and friends to get together and paddle casually on the Peconic River.

Businesses and other groups will participate in the “Paddle Battle Team Challenge.” This 2.5-mile stand up paddle board and kayak race is designed for teams of four competitors to compete against one another for the team challenge trophy.

All proceeds will go directly to the New York Marine Rescue Center, a not-for-profit, to help save the sea turtles.

Registration starts at 7:30 AM on the Peconic Waterfront. Entry fees are $75 per person in advance or $85 on the event day. Rental canoes and kayaks are available for $30. Life vests are required and all participants must wear their own PFD (personal floatation device) during the race.

Complete pre-registration details are available at


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