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Paddles Up to Sink Cancer

Event Date

The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The event starts at 8:00am. The event ends at 3:00pm.

About the Event: Raising Breast Cancer Awareness & Breaking World Records

On September 13, 2014, over 3,150 boats with participants from 31 states, 2 Canadian Provinces, Thailand and Belgium converged on Fourth Lake in Inlet, NY to shatter the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of canoes, kayaks and guide boats.

It’s time to make the challenge. Let’s rise up, put our efforts together and bring this record to Cooperstown! Join Cooperstown, New York and the Clark Sports Center as we endeavor to break this record. This amazing, record breaking event will take place on our own Otsego Lake on September 21, 2019. Participants will bring canoes and kayaks together and form the biggest raft ever (in hopes of breaking the Guinness Book of World Records currently held by the Village of Inlet)!

Glimmerglass State Park will be the site for the raft, as well as a full day of fun, food, music and a plethora of activities. It is a day for friends, families and community to come together to SINK CANCER!!!!!!

Be a part of history – bring friends, bring family – join us on September 21, 2019! All proceeds from this event will stay local and go towards the fight against breast cancer.

Event Cost

Register on or before August 31, 2019 • $30 per person

September 1–20, 2019 • $35 per person

September 21, 2019 • $40 per person

Event Registration

Early Registration: February 4–August 31, 2019

If you plan on participating in Paddles Up to Sink Cancer 2019, it is highly recommended that you register in advance. This will not only save you money, it will also allow you to spend less time waiting in line on event day and more time enjoying all of the festivities. The deadline to register online is Saturday, August 31, 2019. If you cannot register in advance, event day registration will be available. If you plan on registering day of, make sure that you arrive in plenty of time to complete all necessary paperwork.

If you register on or before August 31, 2019, your Paddles Up to Sink Cancer 2019 event t-shirt will be included with your registration fee. If you register on or after September 1, 2019 shirts may still be available but for an additional cost of $15.00 per shirt. The supply of extra shirts is limited and they will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Early Packet Pickup: September 19–20, 2019

Registration packet pickup will begin on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Clark Sports Center.  If you arrive in Cooperstown prior to event day, it is highly recommended that you avoid the congestion on the 21st and pick up your event packet in advance. If you arrive in Cooperstown on event day, there will be two lines to head through: one for packet pickup, and one for event day registration. The schedule for packet pickup is as follows:

  • Thursday, September 19, 2010 • 12:00–5:00pm
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 • 12:00–8:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 • 8:00–11:00 am

Note: You must check in and pick up your packet before you enter the water. Boats must be in the water by 11:30am for the official formation of the raft.

Event Schedule

A complete event schedule will be announced soon!

Parking, Launching, Bathrooms

When you pick up your packet from the Clark Sports Center, there will be a map to Glimmerglass State Park, which is the launch and event site. There will be volunteers at Glimmerglass to assist with parking, unloading boats and answering any questions. The park will have their bathroom facilities open.

Assembling The Raft

Beginning at 11:00 am, the “raft” will begin to enter into the designated area on Otsego Lake. To join up with the raft, you must enter via one of the three designated entry points and receive your boat number sticker. These stickers are the official count required in order to make the count official.

At 11:45am, the raft will form and aerial photos will begin. At noon, paddles will be raised and the official count will be taken. Please note: officials recommend that you do not enter into formation too early, and that you wait for instructions from the officials for paddles to be raised.

Festivities At Glimmerglass State Park

After the formation on Otsego Lake, participants will head back to Glimmerglass State Park for food, live music, auction, raffles and so much more. When the raft breaks up and you find your feet back on dry land, you should head onto the shores of Otsego Lake where the State Park will be buzzing with activity. Local restaurants will be onsite at the park offering a variety of foods for sale. Local breweries will also be offering beer tastings. Activities, live music, hikes, SUP demonstrations, Bassett Mammogram mobile, face painting and raffles will continue until 3:00pm. There will be something for everyone!! After things wind down at Glimmerglass, travel into the Village of Cooperstown and walk the streets to check out the local shops or go to the Otesaga Resort and take in a beautiful scenic lake view while enjoying a beverage at the outdoor Fire Bar.

Area Accommodations

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