Row, Row, Row Your Boat

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

Some Valley residents set sail Sunday, to make a difference for Special Olympics.

Sunday was the fifth annual "Row for the Gold" canoe race.

Eleven teams made their way down the Shenandoah River, starting in Elkton and ending up seven miles downstream in Shenandoah.

The main goal was to raise $2,000 for Special Olympics. But there were other goals as well.

"You'll have about three or four groups that are really serious and really racing, and then you'll have the rest that are hoping to get to the end," said Daniel Leak, section director for Special Olympics.

"This is my first time, I wouldn't say competing. But we're hoping to get through it alive."

The winning team received a weekend condominium, courtesy of Massanutten Resort. The top three fundraisers also got prizes.

In the four years prior to this year, "Row for the Gold" raised about $13,000 for Special Olympics.

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