Mayor’s Challenge At Grand Lake’s Spirit of the Lake Regatta
On Saturday, August 23 don’t miss your chance to support the Mayor of Estes Park in a Mayor’s Challenge kayak race at the Spirit of the Lake Regatta in Grand Lake. The event will pit Mayor Pinkham and his wife Sue against the Mayor of Grand Lake, Judy Burke and her teammate for a friendly competition to see who can win the fabulous traveling trophy.
2013 marked the first Mayor’s Challenge Race, started by Grand Lake Mayor Judy Burke. The Mayor’s Challenge is a kayak race that takes place on Grand Lake and Mayor Judy won the trophy last year. Why not take a trip over to Grand Lake to watch Mayors Burke & Pinkham face off for the trophy and good fun, while raising money for a cause. Each Mayor chooses their own charity to see who can raise the most money. Together, Mayor Pinkham & Mayor Burke raised over $1,000 for their respective causes in 2013.
The Spirit of the Lake is an event which is open to rowers, kayakers, canoeists and Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUPers), with separate starts for each division.
Mayor’s Charity of choice is EVICS
This fun event is a fundraiser, let’s help our Mayor Pinkham win the challenge by supporting his Charity of Choice in the race!
Mayor Pinkham’s Charity: Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success-EVICS. EVICS promotes early care and the education system of our greater county, providing critical professional and technical support to local early childhood programs. EVICS supports parents as the child’s first and best teacher. Services include parent education, resources, referrals and support. If you would like more info on EVICS, please contact: Nancy Almond at 970-586-3055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To be fair, Grand Lake’s Mayor Burke Charity of Choice is: Trail River Ranch Education Center-The Friends of Trail River Ranch’s mission is to preserve and enhance the Trail River Ranch (TRR) property for future generations by creating a sustainable educational and outdoor facility for public use. The Rocky Mountain Conservancy has graciously partnered with this project as an affiliate non-profit organization to develop Trail River Ranch.
Go to spiritlakeregatta.com/mayors-challenge-race/ to make your pledge to help both of these Mayor’s charities.
The schedule is as follows:
Aug. 23 Event Day
6:00 a.m. — Final Registration/Check-in OPEN (Gene Stover Lakefront Park)
6:15 a.m.-Captains & Coxswains Meeting (Grand Lake Town Dock)
6:30 a.m. -all “day of registration” closes
7:00 a.m.-Spirit of the Lake Regatta on Grand Lake: Rowers Start
8:00 a.m.-Canoe/ Kayak Race start
9:00 a.m.-Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Race start
9:30 a.m.-Dragon Boat Exhibition
10:00 a.m.-Challenge Races
11:00 a.m.-Stand-Up Paddleboard Demo (Colorado SUP Sports)
12:00 Noon-Pontoon Boat Tour of Grand Lake (Launch From Town Dock)
1:00 p.m.-Grand Lake Brewfest (Town Park)
2:00 p.m.-Awards Ceremony (Gazebo in Town Park)
7:00 p.m.-Mariner’s Ball at the Lariat Saloon
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Good luck Mayor Pinkham and Sue, Estes Park is rooting for you all the way! Bring that trophy home!