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Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For a Cause held it’s 11th annual 22.5 mile race around the island. The course is designed to challenge racers in the reminder that they are also helping people struggling with cancer. Atlantic City June 9, 2018 (Kristian Gonyea/ For The Press of Atlantic City)

The 12th Annual Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation Paddle For A Cause will take place 8 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Frank S. Farley State Marina at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

The event, which is presented by Seashore Construction, will involve more than 100 stand-up and prone paddleboarders, in addition to competitors in other types of watercraft including outrigger canoes, surf-skis, kayaks and rowboats, each of whom will embark on a 22.5-mile journey to help those struggling with cancer. The event is designed to test competitors mentally and physically.

There will also be an 8-mile race for less-seasoned paddlers. And for those who want to participate in a non-competitive paddle, there is an 8-mile paddle to the Wonder Bar and back as well as a 4-mile option that finishes at the Wonder Bar. These events all begin at 10 a.m.

A memorial paddle will also take place on Saturday as part of the event. All in attendance are invited to join and paddle out on a surfboard, paddleboard or any flotation device to help honor or pay tribute to a friend or loved one. Those who wish not to paddle can participate by watching from the dock. The ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Marina at Golden Nugget Atlantic City, to be followed immediately by the start of the 8-mile race and 4-mile and 8-mile fun paddles. Honor Stones can be purchased on the Dean Randazzo Cancer Fund website and will be cast into the water as part of the ceremony.

For more info on prizes, donations and how to enter, go to TheDRCF.org. Golden Nugget is located at 600 Huron Ave. in Atlantic City

— Ryan Loughlin

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