Healthy crowd gathers to benefit LARC

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By Steve Waters, Sports Editor

Paddlers from around the area gathered last Saturday for the 33rd Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race.

The annual event, held  along the Waccasassa River near Otter Creek, raises money each year for the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens. AMVETS Post No. 88, based out of Bronson, also helped organize the event.

Though final numbers for this year weren’t available, last year’s race raised more than $10,000 for LARC, making the race one of the groups largest fundraisers of the year.

Paddlers started the race at the Waccasassa Bridge, two miles east of Otter Creek, then paddled over obstacles, including a log that paddlers were required to go over to finish, all the way to U.S. 19.

Participants were cheered on by friends and family, and were greeted with a barbecue, live music and raffle that included prizes such as a flat-screen television and generator.

Replica paddles were awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in several categories.

For more information about the Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race, visit www.wildhog.wetpaint.com