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August 28th, 2013

NRC to host annual Great 5-Mile Challenge

Luke Seldelbach, a member of the Newburgh Rowing Club, rows himself out into open waters. The NRC will soon be hosting its 3rd Annual Great 5-Mile Challenge on September 22, 2013. Photo: MRS. Lo

NEWBURGH - On September 22, 2013, the Newburgh Rowing Club will host the Third Annual Great 5-Mile Challenge, to raise money for shoreline enhancement and beautification of the Ward Brothers Memorial Park. Last year’s event was attended by well over 100 people.

The first two years, this event was aimed at kayaks and called the Great 5-Mile Kayak Challenge. It has now been opened up to crew shells and to gig boats, as well as paddle boarders and it is now the Great 5-Mile Challenge. There will also be a limited number of kayaks and boats available for rent. The cost for this fundraiser includes a beautiful event T-shirt as well as a pancake breakfast.

"The Newburgh Rowing Club raises money for several different programs," said Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo. "As the licensee of the Ward Brothers Memorial Park, the only City of Newburgh Park with docks that can launch crew shells, we are responsible for maintaining this City Park. As such, the purpose of this Fundraiser is to assist with improvements to the park itself, which is also used by kayakers, fishermen, picnickers, and members of the community, in addition to our rowing club."

"Last year we had a great turnout, we launched over 40 kayaks and were able to raise funds to beautify the park. More than any other of our fundraisers, this one directly benefits all members of the Newburgh Community," said Coach Ed Kennedy.

Participants must register for the Great 5-Mile Challenge online ahead of time. To register, look for the "Great 5-Mile Challenge" under "Programs" on To reserve a kayak, contact Coach Ed Kennedy or Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo.

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