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Mayor’s Challenge At Grand Lake’s Spirit of the Lake Regatta

Pinkhams-PaddlesCheer For Mayor Bill Pinkham and his wife Sue at 2013 Spirit of the Lake Regatta Kayak Race

This Saturday, August 17 don’t miss your chance to support the Mayor of Estes Park in a Mayor’s Challenge kayak race in Grand Lake. The event is part of the Spirit of the Lake Regatta and will pit Mayor Pinkham and his wife Sue against the Mayor of Grand Lake, Judy Burke and her teammate for a friendly competition.

The Spirit of the Lake is a Colorado River Headwaters Conservation fundraiser. This event is open to rowers, kayakers, canoeists and Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUPers), with separate starts for each division.

Mayor’s Challenge Kayak Race will be held at 9:30 a.m.

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

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 Nature Association (RMNA) has graciously partnered with this project as an affiliate non-profit organization to develop Trail River Ranch.

Go to to make your pledge to help both of these Mayors charities.

The schedule is as follows:

Aug. 17  Event Day

6:00 a.m.-Final Registration/Check-in (Gene Stover Lakefront Park)

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. Mayor’s Kayak Challenge

9:30 a.m.-Dragon Boat Exhibition

11:00 a.m.-Stand-Up Paddleboard Demo (Colorado SUP Sports)

12:00 Noon- Pontoon Boat Tour of Grand Lake

1:00 p.m.-Grand Lake Brewfest (Town Park)

2:00 p.m.-Awards Ceremony (Gazebo in Town Park)

For more information, go to

Good luck Mayor Pinkham and Sue, Estes Park is rooting for you all the way!


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