Return to Goat Island Paddle Festival

In the sport of paddle boarding, it’s not all about who wins the race. It’s about bringing people together for a beautiful outdoor activity, the welcoming atmosphere, sharing in the struggle and triumph of the course, and experiencing the exaltation when racers cross the finish line. The camaraderie motivates paddlers to train harder, go longer, and push their fellow racers through previously unforeseen limits. Those involved with the sport do it not only to help themselves, but to help others on and off the water. Now two premiere paddle events will join forces to help wounded warriors and their families in Delmar.

Over the past seven years Paddle Second Chance has raised more than $200,000 for Operation Second Chance, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving wounded veterans and their families as they recover and transition back to civilian life, including over 40 families from the Delmar region. In 2019, Paddle Second Chance will join forces with Walk on Water, combining two great events for one amazing cause, and host the Return to Goat Island Paddle Festival benefitting Operation Second Chance the largest paddle board, kayak and surfski race in the Delmarva region.

Walk on Water is a premier stand up paddle board shop located in West Ocean City, Maryland, offering everything from sales and rentals to group excursions, lessons and SUP Yoga. For the past 3 years, Walk on Water has sponsored the family-friendly paddle festival to celebrate the paddling lifestyle. The highlight of the event is a race on the Pocomoke River, open to all forms of paddling: SUP, kayaks and surfski. The festival features live music, great food and beverage vendors, yoga demos and children’s activities. There will be a party-like atmosphere for paddlers and supporters wanting to enjoy a great time outside with family, friends and community.

This will be the fourth year that The Town of Snow Hill has hosted Return to Goat Island. The support from the Town and its citizens has been tremendous and Byrd Park is the perfect venue for such an event. A charming small town nestled on the south banks of the Pocomoke River, the quaint and historic downtown has numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, and B&Bs. Shad Landing and Milburn Landing riverfront campgrounds located near the race area offer additional accommodations, along with a variety of recreational activities.

“We are excited about cosponsoring Return to Goat Island with WOW. It provides a venue for a bigger crowd of our friends and family to come together for a great paddle festival and great cause. Walk on Water has always been a Paddle Second Chance supporter from our inception and has helped trained some of our Wounded Warriors to participate in the SUP events” stats Walt Ellenberger Chair for Operation Second Chance Delmar.  

Return to Goat Island Paddle Festival will take place on Saturday, June 22nd in Snow Hill, Maryland.

It will include a short distance children’s fun race, a 1-mile open race for first-time paddleboarders and a 6-mile recreational flatwater race designed for the intermediate to advanced paddler. For those looking to push their limits, there will be a 17-mile flat water race on the beautiful Pocomoke River.  Race participants circle Goat Island and then travel farther along the river course, underneath the cover of shade trees, through the scenic water trail of Shad Landing and down river to the turning buoy off Milburn Landing, then repeating the course in the opposite direction

The scenic Pocomoke offers a tranquil and protected course surrounded by the relaxed yet lively atmosphere of Snow Hill’s Byrd Park. Goat Island is situated in the river immediately adjacent to Byrd Park and is home to one or two goats, forever enjoying their view of their new-found entertainment Paddle Sports on the Pocomoke.

For event information, registration and ‘early board’ discounts, go to https://paddleguru.com/races/ReturntoGoatIsland2019. To learn more about Operation Second Chance go to www.operationsecondchance.org. And follow us on social media with #PSC2019 via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information on Walk on Water go to www.walkonwatersupco.com and the Town of Snow Hill at http://snowhillmd.com/

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