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Kayak fundraiser, free expo rescheduled for March 9

Published 5:27 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2013
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DownunderCT, a kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding business, has rescheduled its "Freezin' for a Reason" fundraiser and free health and wellness expo to Saturday, March 9, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Downunder Fitness & Surf Studio, 15 Ketchum St.

The fundraiser, a recreational paddle and race on the Saugatuck River to benefit the Newtown Social Services First Responders fund originally set for Saturday, Feb. 9, and expo were postponed due to the blizzard. The funds will be given to Newtown's police and fire departments and emergency medical technicians.

The race, led by Downunder team rider and racer Jim Rothwell for those seeking speed and competition, will go from Downunder Surf Shop, 575 Riverside Ave., to the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Bridge and back. Other team riders will accompany recreational paddlers.

Some experience with paddling and wetsuits is required to participate in the race and the paddle, given the extreme water temperatures. Cold-water emergency gear will accompany paddlers and be available at the dock, and free hot drinks and snacks will follow the paddle event.

Participants may bring their own equipment or rent it from the studio.

The expo, from 3 to 5 p.m., will include demonstrations, raffles and giveaways from local health and wellness businesses.

Call 203-956-6217 for information and to register for the paddle and the race.