WHITLEY COUNTY — The Third Annual Kayaking for Kids Kayak Race is under a month away, and families looking for a fun event on the water don’t want to miss it.

Kayaking for Kids is a fundraiser race on August 3 that will begin at the Ballard Ford East River Access located just off Interstate 75 exit 15 in Whitley County.

The proceeds from the event will go for 25 Upward basketball scholarships in Corbin and in Williamsburg, and the remainder of the money is split between eight family resource centers.

“Our goal this year was to be able to give each family resource center $1,000,” said Director of County Projects Amber Owens. “When we started this three years ago I think we took them $150.”

Owens has been getting feedback and talking with family resource directors to see how they spend the money. The response has been overwhelming and is recorded on the Whitley County Fiscal Courts Facebook’s page.

The event promises a fun day on the river all while supporting the needs of local children. Water lovers will start the race at Ballard Ford East and travel 2.5 miles down to Redbird Boat Ramp where lunch and lots of prizes will be waiting for participants.

Owens said the race has more sponsors this year than last. Organizers are pleased with that as they set a higher goal this year.

“We’ve well exceeded that goal,” said Owens. “And that doesn’t include registration fees.”

The first year only saw about 25 participants, last year around 100 and this year is expected to see approximately 250 to 300 participants.

Immediately after last year’s race, several people approached Owens inquiring about sponsorships.

Pre-registration is already underway and will close on July 22. Those who pre-register for the race will be able to do so for $20. Those who register on the day of the event will do so at $30 per racer.

Race bags include a T-shirt, backpack, waterproof phone case and water bottle sponsored by the Whitley County Tourism Board.

For more information, contact Amber Owens at 606-549-6000 or visit the Whitley County Fiscal Court Facebook page. Owens said she will email registration forms to those who need it.

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