2016 Voyageur Canoe World Championship kicks off in LouisvilleKY Saturday


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Canoe race on the Ohio River will benefit Dare to Care Food Bank
Louisville, KY, June 9, 2016 – The 2016 Voyageur Canoe World Championship, presented by Yum! Brands and Mayor Greg Fischer, will be held July 30, 2016, at Louisville’s Waterfront Park.  The event will feature over 30 Voyageur Canoes racing on the Ohio River to claim the 2016 World Championship featuring a picnic atmosphere!  Yum! Brands is presenting the event with supporting sponsorship from Gordon Food Service, Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, and MCM.  All net proceeds from the event will benefit Dare to Care Food Bank.
Each canoe will be paddled by a team of ten rowers and a team captain.  They will navigate a straight-line course from near the Big Four Bridge to the finish line at Waterfront Park’s Harbor Lawn. Teams will compete in race heats of six boats each.  The race heats will run between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm at approximately 45 minute intervals.  The fastest six teams from those heats will compete in the World Championship race at 5:00 pm.
During and after the races, spectators and participants will enjoy live local music by Famous on Friday, food provided by Mark’s Feed Store truck and The Mobile Dog House, beer, and other refreshments on the Harbor Lawn.  Dare to Care Executive Director, Brian Riendeau, is excited by the event.  “What a great way for our community to celebrate things that unite us – our love of the Ohio River and the fight against hunger.  We are proud to again partner for the canoe race and expect to raise enough money to provide over 200,000 meals to Kentuckiana families.”
The entry fee for each canoe team (11 people) is $2,500.  Canoes and one night of practice are provided.  Teams can sign up at www.voyageurwc.com or by calling Remy Kenney at 502-736-9915.  A promotional video for the event can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMvBRaZEwEU.
Dare to Care food Bank is a local nonprofit agency with a mission to lead the community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need.  In the past twelve months, Dare to Care distributed over 17 million meals in eight Kentucky and five Indiana counties.  Dare to Care also distributes meals from its Community Kitchen to 35 Kids Cafes in neighborhood afterschool locations and operates Backpack Buddy weekend nutrition programs in 36 Kentuckiana elementary schools.  For more information, visit www.daretocare.org.