NOTE: Sept. 29, 2009 - John successfully completed his paddle along with his step-daughter. Several other paddlers kept them company for portions of the event.
What to eat for sports performance is often a subject for endurance athletes, and now that the group of stand up paddle boarders that are paddling in distance events and races is growing like crazy, the science and art of nutrition is part of our sport. Beyond the talk of sport gels, liquids and bars there are other conversations about food that connect with our daily lives.
This particular connection between food and paddling came to us through an unexpected contact. Meredith Turner, the PR person for Farm Sanctuary sent us a note about John Merryfield and his goal to raise funds for Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit farm animal sanctuary. John is paddling the 72 mile circumferance of Lake Tahoe over a three day period to raise money for his cause.
Members of our Bend, Oregon stand up paddling group were in Tahoe, California last weekend for the Tahoe Nalu 7 mile stand up paddleboarding race, and we gained a new respect for the water size and conditions that can be present on Lake Tahoe.
Here's what Meredith Turner has to say about John's endeavor:
On September 11, northern CA-based stand up paddler John Merryfield will commence a 72 mile, three day paddle around the circumference of Lake Tahoe to raise money and awareness for Farm Sanctuary , the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, to support their work to end cruelty to farm animals and promote compassionate living through rescue, education and advocacy. This is a heroic feat of endurance for a wonderful cause. You can visit John’s personal fundraising page here: http://www.firstgiving.com/johnmerryfield
NOTE: Raising money for a favorite cause with a stand up paddle adventure sounds like a win-win. We'd love to hear about any other paddlers with stories about their SUP paddle/fundraising combos.
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