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Paddle challenge will help injured veterans

City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation Services, Eugene, Cascades Coast Sports and Wild Creek Adventures and the Eugene Parks Foundation are teaming up to present the first Heroes 2 Oregon Paddle Challenge on July 20, 9 AM to 2 PM at Fern Ridge Reservoir.
/ Source: KMTR-TV

EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) - City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation Services, Eugene, Cascades Coast Sports and Wild Creek Adventures and the Eugene Parks Foundation are teaming up to present the first Heroes 2 Oregon (H2O) Paddle Challenge on July 20, 9 AM to 2 PM at Fern Ridge Reservoir.

This exciting new paddling event offers residents the opportunity to be heroes to thirteen injured or disabled Oregon Veterans and helping them regain an active lifestyle by sending them to the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic this September.
Teams of ten paddlers in 29-foot Voyageur-style canoes race against the clock and other teams  on a short course . Paddlers pay an entry fee that is a contribution to the veterans' trip to the sports clinic. This event puts the FUN in fundraising!
Adaptive Recreation provides a variety of recreational activities specifically for veterans and their family members to help them adjust to their new circumstances and return to civilian life. Activities with other veterans give them the camaraderie of compatriots who have combat experiences similar to their own. Activities with family members help to create new memories as they bond again as a unit. 
Additionally, recent studies indicate that disabled veterans who participate in adaptive sports report benefits such as:
*       lowered stress levels *       reduced dependency on pain and depression medication *       fewer secondary medical conditions, e.g., diabetes, hypertension, etc. *       higher achievement in education and employment *       more independence
In the H2O Paddle Challenge, each team will begin from shore with nine members seated in a big canoe and the tenth on land in a chair. On the start signal the team member on land will run and jump into the canoe. Team members then paddle a short prescribed course 400 to 500 yards, around a marker in the lake and return. Upon returning to shore a team member will exit the canoe, run a short distance and ring a gong, marking their end time. Each team will have two runs.
The City's 29-foot Langley canoe, the 'Spirit of Eugene'" will be used for the race. In addition, the Gibson Paddle Club of British Columbia has graciously volunteered to bring their 29-foot Langley the 'Dolphin Spirit' to help the deserving veterans get to the clinic.
Canoes in the H2O Paddle Challenge will be launched from Perkins Peninsula Park at Fern Ridge. The cost to enter is $100 per person or $1,000 for a 10-person team. The donations will be collected and processed by the Eugene Parks Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds will go toward travel and accommodation expenses for the veterans at the Nationals Veterans Summer Clinic.
To register your team, to make a donation or to volunteer for the event, visit  http://www.H2OPaddle.com .  For more information about registration, donations, or volunteering at the event, contact Kristen Larsen  with the City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation Program  at kristen.e.Larson@ci.eugene.or.us.

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