Poker and paddling at annual Kayak Run in Onset

By Matthew Bernat | Aug 26, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Patrick Marshall asks participants to cut the deck. The highest card won a new beach cooler at the end of the poker run.

This year’s 12th annual Kayak Poker Run was held two months later than planned as the original date was cancelled due to thunderstorms, but according to organizers it was worth the wait.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day, weather wise,” said Onset Bay Association President Kat Jones. “It’s absolutely perfect.”

Held Saturday, the event started and ended at Shell Point as 25 kayakers stopped at different checkpoints set up around Onset Bay. At each checkpoint, kayakers grabbed a playing card. At the end of the run, the poker hands were ranked and prizes handed out.

Jones said the run brought just under $1,000 in to benefit the Onset Bay Association. The group hosts several events in the summer and fall such as concerts, Illumination Night and kid-friendly festivals.

“This will allow us to keep the lights on in the office for the next couple months,” she joked.

After prizes were handed out for best hands, Patrick Marshall, who helped orchestrate the event and was in charge of water safety, handed out the remaining prizes for categories made up on the fly, such “darkest sunglasses,” “who travelled the farthest for the run,” and “newest Onset Bay Association member.”

Patrick Marshall judges who has the darkest sunglasses at the end of the poker run. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (1)
Posted by: BeachLover | Aug 27, 2017 09:41

Perfect day for a fun event.  Another example of what the Onset Bay Association offers to the community.



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