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One Square Mile of Hope 2011 brought together 1,925 canoes and kayaks and 2,200 paddlers from 14 states and Canada to raise funds for Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Organizers hope to set a new world record this year. (Photo/Nancie Battaglia)

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Join One Square Mile of Hope

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - Updated: 5:52 PM

INLET -- The One Square Mile of Hope Committee is busily preparing for a full day of activities on Fourth Lake and at Arrowhead Park in Inlet Sept. 13.

A record crowd is expected to join in the effort to set a new Guinness record for the largest raft of canoes, kayaks and guideboats while raising over $100,000 for breast cancer research.

Raffle tickets for three donated boats are being sold at events throughout the region. The Food Committee has planned a lunch that will be available immediately after the record setting raft-up.

The logistics group is busy filling a wish list of buoys, ropes, picnic tables, pontoon boats, and a million other necessities. Sponsors are donating money, food, and items for the silent and Chinese auctions.

Musical groups have been lined up for the afternoon entertainment. The Communications Committee has made plans to cover all areas of the venue with radio communications.

The photographers needed to do the photo and video recording required by Guinness have been signed on. These things and more are being accomplished as the registrations keep rolling in.

In mid-July 2011, fewer than 300 boats had been registered, and the final count the day of the event was over 1,900 boats from 17 states and the Province of Ontario.

As of July 31 this year, 1,691 boats (1,846 paddlers) from 29 states and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec have registered.

PRE-REGISTER

Pre-event registration is encouraged. Register online or print out a mail-in form at onesquaremileofhope.org, or pick up a registration form at the Inlet Information Office or many area businesses.

For more information or to help call the Inlet Information Office at (315) 357-5501 or e-mail info@onesquaremileofhope.org.

 To add to the fun, Sunday, Sept. 7, Raquette Lake Navigation Company has scheduled a special Cruise for Hope from 4-6 p.m. Tickets for the all-inclusive cruise are $50 each, with 100 percent of ticket receipts going to One Square Mile of Hope. Call (315) 354-5532 to make reservations.

     

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