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One Square Mile of Hope 2011 with pics

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I had the joy and honor of helping to plan an awesome event that took place yesterday in my little town. It was called One Square Mile of Hope 2011 and was a major fundraiser for Susan B. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and it was also an attempt to break a Guinness World record!

The event was fairly simple in idea: assemble as many kayaks and canoes into a single free floating "raft" as possible. To form the raft, participants reached out and grabbed the sides of each others boats. At noon, the World Record attempt was made. Now, here's a little back-history. In 2008, my town held this same event. We had about 1100 kayaks and canoes and broke the previous record of just over 600. Pittsburgh, PA recently took the record from us with 1619!!! Wow. That's A LOT of boats!!! But my tiny town was determined to take their record back, and WE DID!!! We have 1925 boats on the water yesterday. And just think of all the money that went to Susan B. Komen! Each boat registered paid $25 each! Amazing!

And the cool part (as if all of this wasn't cool enough!) is that my 15 year old daughter took her kayak out and was part of the raft! I couldn't be more proud!

I would have loved to have participated, but I'm not a strong paddler and I figured being pregnant, I should probably stay on dry land. LOL

The following pictures are of the event:

This is my daughter, Shelby. The rain was just starting as she was paddling in... and it was chilly!

This is a "close up" of the raft. As close as I could get considering they were significantly further away than planned!

And this is raft in a wider view! Notice our beautiful trees on the mountain! Love it here!

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