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Canoe/kayak poker run will benefit ill children

Canoe/kayak poker run will benefit ill children

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- A canoe/kayak poker run on the Cedar River will benefit Magical Mix Kids on Aug. 17.

Magical Mix Kids is a local non-profit organization created to provide chronically and terminally ill children of the Cedar Valley a no-worry vacation to Disney World. The poker run will educate the Cedar Valley on what the Cedar River has to offer, how to respect it, and promote the mission to make it a state-designated water trail.

Sponsors are 93.5 The Mix, Cruisin' 1250 Real Oldies, 1650 The Fan, Cedar Valley Paddlers Club, INRCOG and Iowa DNR River Programs.

The poker run will start at Washington Park in Cedar Falls with stops at George Wyth Park Access, Cedar Bend Park Access and San Souci, and will finish at the Exchange Park in Waterloo. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. with first launch at 1 p.m. The event will end at 7 p.m.

Each poker stop will have various water education presentations and information. There will be music, food and door prizes at the end. All levels of paddling experience are welcome. Non-paddlers also can participate by driving to each poker stop. Each participant will receive a T-shirt.

This event is limited to the first 100 vessels. Each poker hand will be $20 if registered by Aug. 1 and $25 after that date. All participants must sign liability waivers, and paddlers must have lifejackets. Bring your own canoe or kayak (no tubers or motor boats allowed). Rentals are available through Craw-Daddy Outdoors in Waverly by calling Darrin at 352-9129 or through the UNI Wellness and Recreation Services in Cedar Falls by calling Andrew at (319) 273-7163.

No coolers or alcoholic beverages are allowed. Water and snacks will be provided at each poker stop. Coolers are allowed at Exchange Park. Participants are responsible for their own shuttling.

To register, visit or call 277-1918.


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