July 2019. Wanda Canoe Club Youth and Family Paddling Clinic.

John Ponticorvo, Chondrea Richard and Linda Lensch ran a Youth and Family Paddling Clinic in early July. The purpose was to offer youth from Ridgefield Park an opportunity to learn how to paddle safely and effectively. The clinic was conducted at Overpeck Park. Thanks to the Hackensack Riverkeeper Inc. Staff for their in kind support. Leonia and Ridgefield Fire Departments on-water rescue crews for donating their time and equipment to keep everyone safe.

The 2018 HACK race was held on October 13th.  High tide was at 13:08.

Sixty one elite paddlers started the nine mile course from the Wanda dock under several bridges including the “Bridge that Saved a Nation” adjacent to the Steuben house, passed under the giant 48 star flag at New Bridge Road and headed back the same way. They came from as far away as Canada and Virginia in spite of the rainy start to the day and mid 40 temperatures. Mayor Fosdick started the post registration activities with a greeting and best wishes. After general announcements and a safety briefing padders were invited to join the Wanda Canoe Cub members present in a photo op in opposition to the development of the Ridgefield power plant site for the construction of a new power plant that would involve dredging the Hackensack The first wave started at 10:00 followed by three more in twenty five minutes.

Click here for a video of the race.

Click here for the elite results.

Click here for the recreational results.

In closing Wanda would like to extend thanks to many people and organizations for outstanding support. Shop Rite super market donated food for hungry finishers. Hackensack, Ridgefield and Teaneck Fire Departments had rescue boats on the river in case of need. The Hackensack Riverkeeper partnered with us in actually running the race. Special thanks to the people of the Ridgefield Park DPW who have been so helpful in so many ways over the years.

Images below from the 2018 HACK Race.