A summer is not complete without experiencing the Great Lakes in Michigan, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Hundreds of kayakers, from beginners to experts, will join in the Paddle Relay Around Lower Michigan starting June 1st on Belle Isle, Michigan. Altair Chief Technology Officer, James Dagg, has been an active organizer of the paddle relay, which aims to raise awareness and donations for local charities. Everyone is welcomed to join a part of the 1,100-mile relay-style water tour of Michigan’s celebrated coastlines and the epic journey lasts all summer long!
The relay is organized into 13 segments, leading off from Belle Isle south to Luna Pier. This initial leg is a scenic 64 miles that takes participants through Detroit, with breathtaking views of the towering Renaissance Center and the Riverwalk. The relay then heads up Michigan’s western shoreline through the month of June, across the top of the state in July, and down the eastern shoreline where the relay ends at Belle Isle on August 28th. A finish celebration will be held at Grosse Pointe Farms Pier Park to mark the completion of the event. Participants can paddle any portion of the relay; for 2 to 10 miles for one leg, one day, or even one week.
James Dagg, who oversees the development of Altair’s CAE software, is an enthusiastic canoer, kayaker, and surfskier. He has paddled long distances along rivers, lakes, and coastlines throughout Michigan. James will be leading off the 1st segment of the Paddle Relay as the Captain, and Altair is proud to support the event as the Gold Segment Sponsor. Segment 1 starts on Monday, June 1st, and finishes on Friday, June 5th. Check out James’ game plan to tackle the relay!
Not only is the Paddle Relay a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery, share stories, and experience the Great Lakes, it is also a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for several great local charities. James’ Segment 1 Paddle Relay will fundraise for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, which is the oldest and largest group of professional staffs, from scientists to everyday citizens, fully devoted to conserve and restore the world’s largest surface freshwater resource. Each segment of the relay is dedicated to a great cause; take a look at the story and how you can help.
“We wanted an epic event to bring together the paddling community around the Great Lakes in a collective challenge to cover the entire 1,100 miles of the Lower Michigan shoreline,” said event organizers Nick Murray of Traverse City, Michigan, and James Dagg of Wixom, Michigan. “We also wanted an event that would raise awareness and money for the Alliance for the Great Lakes, as well as a number of local community charities.” Murray and Dagg note, “The progress of the relay will be tracked at www.PaddleRelay.com, where participants will post photos and blog throughout the entire summer. Everyone who paddles the flagship V7 will sign the boat, and it will be raffled off to a participant at the end of the event.”
What an amazing opportunity to enjoy a summer trip to the beautiful Great Lakes while contributing to worthy local causes! Registration is open anytime before a segment begins. Altair is excited to follow James at the Paddle Relay right here on the Innovation Intelligence blog, and we encourage everyone to follow James with us through our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!
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