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Kayak 4 Cancer & The Dam Derby-
Fighting Cancer through our Outdoor Passions

Tenacity Games July 10, 2011

Mass start, two rivers, great cause equals Kayak-4-Cancer, Tenacity Games 2011.

Kayaking was honored to be invited to partake in Tenacity Games 2011, an event that raises money for Athletes-4-Cancer’s survivorship programs for young adults with cancer.

The setting couldn’t have been more beautiful.  The kayakers put in on the lower White Salmon River below the Condit dam.  With a 3, 2, 1, go all kayakers started at once and negotiated two class three rapids.  When the rapids stopped, the grind started as kayakers raced to the mouth of the White Salmon River and across the mighty Columbia River fighting wind and swell for a grandstand finish at the Event Site in Hood River, OR. 

Very few, if any races have the opportunity to incorporate two rivers with such a picturesque back dropped that Mt Hood and the Columbia Gorge provides.  And this race will only get better!  With the removal of Condit Dam, the racecourse will start much higher on the White Salmon and be able to incorporate NEVER before paddled rapids – rapids that have been submerged by the water backed up from the Condit Dam since 1913!

OutdoorPlay was honor to award $500 to first place finishers Louis Geltman and Monica Gokey.  “It was exciting to have OutdoorPlay be invited by Tonia Farman to participate in Tenacity Games 2011,” says OutdoorPlay co-founder Alexa Shuman.  “I can’t imagine the impact this kind of fundraising has for the young adults who have gone through so much in their lives.  We look forward to next year and involving more of our wonderful kayak community.”


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The Tenacity Games is an athletic event encompassing three extreme sports (kayaking, kiteboarding, and standup paddling) with one outstanding cause – to harness our passions in the fight against cancer.
The Tenacity Games mantra is to take on a unique challenge and endure to the point of exhaustion, testing both mental and physical tenacity, embodying the struggle someone going through cancer faces every day.

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Athletes 4 Cancer is dedicated to harnessing the healing power of the elements with the determination of the human spirit to benefit lives affected by cancer through funding of advocacy, prevention, and survivorship programs. Athletes 4 Cancer is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, IRS tax ID #42-1737854 and is solely in charge of the Tenacity Games. We fund our programs and charities solely through tax-deductible contributions from private individuals, corporations and foundations.

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