If you’re driving over the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge this Saturday you might notice a crowd in the Intracoastal Waterway. That’s because this Friday and Saturday is Coastal Urge’s 8th Annual Cold Stroke Classic, a stand up paddleboard competition. On Friday the festivities begin at Coastal Urge with a pig pickin’ and live music from 5:00pm-8:00pm. The dinner and music is free to contestants and $7.00 for anyone else wishing to join.
Starting at the Blockade Runner Hotel there are multiple races for varying distance and age groups, including 14 and under. The cash purse for the elite category, which is 7 miles, is $1,250 and there is $5,000 worth of prizes for the 3.5 mile recreational class. The main event starts Saturday at 10:00am. Following the race the awards ceremony will be held at the Blockade Runner at 12:45pm. A portion of the proceeds benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation which helps cure childhood cancers. For more information on the event visit their website http://www.coldstrokeclassic.com.