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Sign up to paddle in the Rochester River Challenge

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There is still time to register for the 18th Annual Rochester River Challenge Outrigger Canoe Races, which will take place on September 13, 2014 between 12:00pm and 3:30pm. Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana, Inc.(CAOO) will host the various competitions on the Genesee Waterways Center (GWC) in Rochester, New York

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According to the even announcement “The River Challenge is an inclusive community event for teams of seven paddlers with and without physical and/or intellectual disabilities.” Furthermore, participants do not have to worry about bringing their own equipment and each team will have a designated.

For specific questions:

Contact: Jan Whitaker

Phone: (585) 292-6107



The Rochester River Challenge is the largest outrigger canoeing sprint race in the Eastern US. “It is an inclusive paddling event that draws people from local neighborhoods, companies, and organizations to support Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana in its mission to make paddling opportunities available to individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities.”

Since 2012, the Rochester River Challenge has been designated a Disabled Sports USA Warfighter Sports Event. Programs for the wounded warriors are part of DSUSA's Warfighter Sports Program, which offers sports rehabilitation programs free of cost to severely wounded warriors and a family member. Warfighter sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities.

From 2005-2011, the Rochester River Challenge was designated as a Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project Event. Visit for more information.

In should also be mentioned that it was Jan Whitaker’s vision of making outrigger canoeing accessible to individuals with a special need came to fruition. She founded Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana, Inc. (CAOO) and was instrumental in establishing an outrigger canoe program in Maryland for members of the United States Military Services in rehabilitation programs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Center.


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