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Athletes 4 Cancer announces the 7th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Fueled by SUBARU
HOOD RIVER, Oregon (June 18, 2013) — Athletes 4 Cancer is excited to announce North America’s largest amateur kiteboarding race – The 7th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C), taking place in beautiful Hood River, Oregon July 13 & 14, 2013. Kiteboarding 4 Cancer draws 200 kiteboarders, racing and raising funds for Athletes 4 Cancer’s Camp Koru Survivorship Program. This year, SUBARU stepped up as the title sponsor, helping offset the majority of event expenses so that 100% of the donations and funds raised go directly to benefit Camp Koru. To see what Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is all about, be sure to watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pt60wHISJY
The Kite Derby
Kiteboarding 4 Cancer challenges the tenacity of the most advanced and novice kiters alike with a 6-hour Endurance Race – The Kite Derby. Set on Saturday, July 13th with the stunning backdrop of Hood River and Mt. Hood, hundreds of kiteboarders race around a 3-mile course on the Columbia River for the six hours, spanning more than 100 miles per rider.
What makes the KB4C Kite Derby unique to any other kiteboarding event is its format: Athlete kiters can come in and go out of the water at any time during the race, making it nearly impossible for each athlete to know exactly where they are in the pack. Athletes typically kiteboard for the full 6 hours, never getting off the water.
The Relay-on-the-Green Team Relay race is an incredible event for spectators and participants alike! With all the action happening right at the beach, the relay gives a whole new meaning to kiteboarding as an individual sport. Teams consist of 4 racers, one kite, and one board. That is all the information that is given to teams until the pre-race meeting on the day of the race. Limited to just 12 teams, all the action in this event takes place on shore or close to shore, engaging the crowd the entire time.
Other happenings at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer include the Full Sail beer garden, food by local vendors, the Kids’ Art Tent and the Boards of Hope Art Project during the day.
Boards of Hope entails the transformation of boards of all types – surfboards, skateboards, snowboards, kiteboards and skimboards – into works of art that represent “healing and living”. Boards are donated by regional artists and auctioned off Saturday at the Boards of Hope Auction at the Hood River Event Site. Funds raised benefit Athletes 4 Cancer.
Nightlife for KB4C includes the Athlete & Volunteer Feast Friday, July 13th, hosted by Apple Valley BBQ and the KB4C Kickoff Party after the dinner Friday night at the Horse & Hound Pub.
The goal of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is to raise funds for the Athletes 4 Cancer Camp Koru Survivorship Program that helps cancer fighters and survivors ages 18-40 rebuild their lives after cancer. The mantra of the event is to take on a unique challenge and endure to the point of exhaustion, testing both mental and physical tenacity, embodying the struggle someone going through cancer faces every day. With this in mind, we encourage individuals to fundraise a minimum of $500 (Teams, $2000) in donations to participate. Alternatively, there will be a simple registration fee of $75 (Teams, $300) to participate. Top fundraisers and finishers receive sponsor prizes.
Athletes 4 Cancer is dedicated to harnessing the healing power of the elements with the determination of the human spirit to benefit lives affected by cancer through funding of advocacy, prevention, and survivorship programs. Athletes 4 Cancer is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, IRS tax ID #42-1737854 and is solely in charge of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer. We fund our programs and charities solely through tax-deductible contributions from private individuals, corporations and foundations.
Athletes for Cancer would like to thank our 2013 Kiteboarding 4 Cancer sponsors Subaru, Patagonia, 7Apps, Liquid Force, Dub Box, Vela Kitesurf Resorts, Full Sail Brewing, Slingshot Kites, Cabrinha Kites, 2nd Wind Sports, UPS Store Hood River, Dakine, North Kiteboarding, The Kiteboarder Magazine, Apple Valley Country Store, Airtime, Cascade Kiteboarding, SoloSports, and Palapas Ventana.
Athletes 4 Cancer
Tonia Farman, Executive Director
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