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Event Date:
Sunday, August 20th, 2017, 6:00 am.  Weather Dates are Saturday, September 2nd, and Sunday, September 3rd.


Event Summary:  
Block Challenge 18-mile Open Ocean Paddle, Sunday, August 20th, 2017.  Each paddler must raise or contribute a minimum of $1500 to participate.  Students under the age of 22 must raise or contribute a minimum of $750 to participate.  This paddle will begin at 6:00 am and will take approximately six hours.  


There are spots for seven two-person relay teams. Both members must donate or raise a minimum of $1500 ($3000 total per team.)  Team members determine how far and how often each member will paddle before handing off to their teammate. Support will be provided for the handoff. 


This year NY360 East will be filming for a documentary on Paddlers for Humanity. They are looking for interviews and compelling story lines so if you have a great reason why you're joining us, please reach out to ehammond45@gmail.com so we can put you in touch with the production team. The goal is for this documentary is to be included in the 2018 Hampton Film Festival, a major opportunity for others to learn more about what we do! 






 Montauk to Block Island Paddle




Event Information and Rules


Paddlers for Humanity Twelth Annual Block Challenge Open Ocean Fund-Raiser


Sunday, August 20th, 2016.  All participants will receive periodic e-mail updates on event status.



Montauk, NY to Block Island, RI. A distance of approximately 18 miles, this is an open ocean crossing. The start of the paddle begins on the north side of the Montauk Lighthouse and ends at the Narragansett Inn on Block Island.  



5:30 am     Check-in and final instructions
6:00 am     Launch
1:00 pm     Post-event celebration 
5:00 pm     Return to Montauk, courtesy of 
                 the Montauk-Block Island Ferry


Event Participation Requirements

Participants entering this event are required to stay true to the theme and intention of the paddle, which is to raise or contribute a minimum of $1,500 per person. Participants under age 18 are required to raise or contribute a minimum of $750 per person. No paddler will be allowed to paddle if he/she has not raised the minimum requirement.  All paddlers are strongly encouraged to make all efforts to raise over and beyond the minimum.  


If unable to paddle for any reason, there will be no refunds.   


All competitors are encouraged to make use of our fund-raising materials.


Participants will have access to our web site to track donations. To create a fundraising page, click here.


Conditions of Entry

It is suggested that participants have completed at least a 10-mile paddle within the last 12 months.



Kayaks, paddleboards, sculls, and outrigger canoes. All paddlers in kayaks and outrigger canoes must wear a life preserver, and all paddlers on paddle boards must wear a life preserver and have a leash attached to their paddle board.  NO EXCEPTIONS!   Email paddle@p4h.org for more information.


Entry Form and Minimum Donation Deadline

August 19th. 2017. Please do not forget to sign and include waivers and release.

Participant’s Information

  • Participants under 18 yrs old must submit a signed parental statement.
  • All athletes and support boat captains must attend the mandatory pre-event briefing on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 5:00 pm. We will distribute race packets to all competitors and give our final paddle instructions and updates.
  • Please bring a change of warm comfortable clothes in a dry bag marked clearly with your name to the pre-event briefing. These bags will be placed on the morning ferry to Block Island and be available to you at the completion of the event.
  • All paddlers must wear the official Paddlers for Humanity jersey during the entire event.
  • All participants must carry adequate water, food and beverages needed to complete a 6-hour paddle.
  • On the north side of the Montauk Lighthouse, 2 orange buoys will mark the start. In the new harbor at Block Island, orange buoys will guide you to the finish.
  • For safety reasons, a participant must stop while getting supplies from a support boat.
  • Any paddler more than 200 yards behind the group will be towed forward to join the others to ensure the safety of all the paddlers.  There will be no exceptions to this rule.
  • Participants must stop and give assistance to any person in danger while waiting for assistance. You must respect the environment, the ocean, the beach, other competitors, and the volunteers.
  • Entry fee includes race day boat support, event Lycra®, event tee, post-event party and ferry ride back to Montauk after party.


Terms and Conditions

  • Click here to read the Terms & Conditions for participation.


Training Tips

  • Paddle at least 2 to 3 times per week for a minimum of 1 to 2 hours per session.  Do this for a 3-month period (June, July, August.)
  • By mid-July, plan a minimum of 3 to 4 paddles that are at least 3 to 4 hours long.  These paddles should be well supported with food, drink, and sun protection.
  • 1 to 2 yoga classes a week will keep your body flexible and strong.
  • It is essential to paddle in rough conditions whenever possible.  Don't let bad weather stop you from experiencing an invigorating paddle!

Training Gear

  • Cell phone in a waterproof bag
  • Whistle
  • Life preserver
  • Bilge pump (if kayaking)
  • Paddle float (if kayaking, to get back into your kayak in the event of an accidental capsize)
  • Extra paddle
  • Paddle leash (if on a standup or prone board)
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen
  • Healthy snacks:  nuts, dried fruit, energy bars, chia seeds
  • Comfortable paddle shorts
  • Lightweight Lycra and fleece shirt
  • Brimmed sun hat


Travel and Accommodation

  • www.easthamptonchamberofcommerce.com
  • www.montaukchamberofcommerce.com
  • www.blockislandchamberofcommerce.com
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