This past weekend I participated in the " 33rd Annual Great Dock Canoe Race" at Crayton Cove in Naples, Florida. I have been attending this event since 1990 and this year was my first time competing!
The Annual Great Dock Canoe Race is arguably Naples' most popular event. Contestants and spectators travel from throughout the country to race and watch, and thousands of people, from young children to grandparents, celebrate the Race on land, dock and bay. The Theme for the event changes each year, and the costumes and headgear of the participants and spectators are as much a part of the day as the paddling.
My partner in the race, Kent Skrivan of Garlick, Stetler & Skrivan is a very strong rower and is generally responsible for our 5th place finish in the VIP race with a respectable time of 4:26.
At the races, over $7,000 was raised for CHS Healthcare a private, not-for-profit “safety net” health care provider with 12 health care facilities located throughout Collier County which includes the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. They offer basic primary and preventative medical and dental health care services. In calendar year 2008, they provided services to over 46,700 patients (over 31,000 of which were children) for a total of nearly 186,000 patient visits! You can visit their website at http://www.collier.org/
In the pictures, I am the one in the front wearing an orange Gator hat.