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Paddlers make their way toward the raft that is beginning to form at 2011's Square Mile of Hope. (File photo)


Hope on the water

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - Updated: 7:55 PM


Express News Staff

INLET -- Saturday, Sept. 13, Fourth Lake in Inlet will be the scene of a Guinness World Record attempt by One Square Mile of Hope. The record for largest raft of canoes and kayaks, numbering 1,902, was set in Inlet in 2011, but was outdone in Michigan in November of 2013 with a flotilla of 2,099 on Suttons Bay.

Per the Guinness World Record rules, the raft must be a contiguous float of kayaks and canoes and must remain together for at least 30 seconds.

This year the event will aid the Foundation for Upstate Medical University, the only hospital caring for adults and children with cancer in a 20-county area, and $10,000 of the proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer research at the Upstate Cancer Center at University Hospital. Another $10,000 will be directed toward pediatric cancer care through the Clara Condie Fund at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. The major beneficiary for this year’s event, which hopes to reach $100,000 in total donations, is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

According to, about one in every eight women will develop an invasive form of breast cancer; that’s about 12 percent of women. It is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, second only to lung cancer. The disease affects women of all ages, races, breast size and shape and social groups; and, though less common, it can also impact men.

The Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks has joined with One Square Mile of Hope to help ensure that the record is restored to Inlet and Fourth Lake and to promote breast cancer awareness while funds are raised for research and treatment.

The event will begin at Arrowhead Park in Inlet at 7 a.m., with registration lasting though 10:30 a.m. There will be music and wellness exhibits all morning until the boats launch into Fourth Lake at 11 a.m. At 11:45 a.m., with all boats in the designated area, there will be a drumroll and all paddles up while overhead aircraft photograph and video the flotilla for Guinness.

Following the formation and documenting of the anticipated record-breaking raft, there will be much to do on shore. Events will continue through 5 p.m. and will include lunch, music in the park, exhibits, a silent auction and a boat raffle. There will also be art, yoga and more for all to enjoy.

Boats allowed in the event include canoes, kayaks and guide boats. There is an online registration process that offers step-by-step instructions for fees and registering. There are also several levels of sponsorship available. Registration is open through Friday, Sept. 12. For more information about sponsorship or to register visit


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