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Claire Parmenter, 7, of Mays Landing, was definitely the youngest paddler on the water. Claire Parmenter, 7, of Mays Landing, was definitely the youngest paddler on the water.

TUCKAHOE – Nothing says summertime like being on the water. And a refreshing ride along the Tuckahoe River was enjoyed by many during the Greater Tuckahoe Area Merchants' Association 32nd Annual Canoe and Kayak Race on Sunday, Aug. 4.

It was a beautiful sunny day with a swift breeze greeting everyone as they slipped their crafts into the river. The Poker Run, the first event of the day, began at 9 a.m. It is not a race but a fun way to compete by navigating from dock to dock collecting playing cards for the best poker hand. There were two stand-up paddleboards competing. I'm betting there will be more next year.

 

The first person to greet me was Linda French, who is always helping out at the GTAMA events. We tried to remember how many river races there had been. She was back in a flash to say this was number 32.

Still enjoying the euphoria of my daughter's wedding last Thursday, it was fun to see two of our guests, Kevin and Eileen Barr. They had just completed the Poker Run and were heading to the refreshment table.

Another resident who is all things GTAMA is William Eisele, who was there with his son, Bill Eisele, and Bill's wife Lisa and daughter Anna Belle. Lisa had lunch packed for their son, Jake, who was manning one of the poker run docks.

Jack Schneider and Sarah Schneider of Petersburg participated in the Poker Run. Jack Schneider and Sarah Schneider of Petersburg participated in the Poker Run.

 

 

 

 

 

I met Mike Horan who had just covered the Meghan Wren swim the day before, which raised funds for the restoration of the AJ Meerwald Tall Ship. Also standing by were EMTs Mark Newman and Mellissa Linz on land and on the Upper Township boat were Captain T.J. Caine, Matt Steinthal and Ed Corcoran. Always glad to see these men and women at the ready should there be a need for medical treatment.

The organizers of the race break the participants into divisions including the length of the kayaks, men's and women's divisions, two person or single and 55 and over. The Poker Run, which gains in popularity each year, is for all ages since it is not a race but a fun game on the water.

The Tuckahoe Canoe and Kayak Race is usually held the first Sunday in August so if you want to join in the fun next year remember you must bring your own watercraft to the river. As I drove away this song was playing: “Smoke on the Water.” Remember that one?

 

On a stand up paddleboard is Jeanette Cellucci of Somers Point. On a stand up paddleboard is Jeanette Cellucci of Somers Point.

 

Bill, Anna Belle, Lisa and William Eisele pose for a picture before leaving to deliver some lunch to Jake Eisele, who was manning one of the Poker Run docks. Bill, Anna Belle, Lisa and William Eisele pose for a picture before leaving to deliver some lunch to Jake Eisele, who was manning one of the Poker Run docks.

 

Future racers watching from the dock are Maura Dougherty, Madyn and Mia Rihl, Ally and Carly Dougherty, and Casey McLees. Future racers watching from the dock are Maura Dougherty, Madyn and Mia Rihl, Ally and Carly Dougherty, and Casey McLees.

 

Also on a paddleboard is Amy Rihl with her daughters, Madyn and Mia. Also on a paddleboard is Amy Rihl with her daughters, Madyn and Mia.

 

Traveling incognito are Arlene Knox and her son, Chris McGrath, of Ocean City. Traveling incognito are Arlene Knox and her son, Chris McGrath, of Ocean City.

 

Helping out at the registration table is (from left) Mary May, Shannon Joyce, Eliana Griffiths, Karen Bogardus, Ashley Carter, Sarah Malloy, Penny Shaw and Linda French. Helping out at the registration table is (from left) Mary May, Shannon Joyce, Eliana Griffiths, Karen Bogardus, Ashley Carter, Sarah Malloy, Penny Shaw and Linda French.

 

Kevin and Eileen Barr pose for a picture after completing the Poker Run. Kevin and Eileen Barr pose for a picture after completing the Poker Run.

 

At the ready for any emergencies are EMTs Melissa Linz and Mark Newman. At the ready for any emergencies are EMTs Melissa Linz and Mark Newman.

 


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