Pints & Paddles For A Cause in San Diego

Splash around and sip good beer for a great cause at this San Diego Beer Week event benefiting Team River Runner, a non-profit that leads wounded veterans to recovery through kayak and paddling programs. “Pints & Paddles For A Cause” kicks off with a two-mile paddle around Mission Bay’s Vacation Isle, launching from the beach near Paradise Point Resort & Spa’s Barefoot Bar & Grill. Participants can bring their own kayak or SUP, or reserve one provided by Aqua Adventures or Action Sport Rentals. At the finish line, paddlers receive a special pint glass to use at Barefoot Bar & Grill’s “Pints For A Cause” After-Party, where the legendary waterfront watering hole will be serving up beer by Ninkasi Brewing, live music by Soul Seduction, SUP demos, and exciting prizes to both paddlers and the public.

Donations: $5 Donation For Paddle Registration; $15 Donation For Paddle Registration + Equipment Rental

All proceeds from the paddle and $1 from every pint of Ninkasi sold will go directly to the San Diego chapter of Team River Runner.

Team River Runner (TRR), established in August 2004 by kayakers in the Washington, DC area, is a primarily volunteer non-profit organization run by a council of kayakers and overseen by a board of directors. TRR was initially established to help active duty military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who were recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. With the success there obvious and the opportunity elsewhere apparent, TRR expanded to other Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) chapter sites in 2007.

TRR envisions a growing national chapter network which creates innovative paddling programs designed to assist with the recovery of those injured while serving our country. TRR volunteers and partners provide local communities unique opportunities for the active, safe and positive support of healing service members and their families.

Improvements to protective clothing and equipment for the U.S. military have led to fewer combat deaths, but also to an increase in the rate of severe injuries, such as loss of limbs. Between March 2003 (the start of the U.S. invasion of Iraq) and February of 2012, 6,350 U.S. troops have died and over 47,333 have been wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation New Dawn (OND) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), according to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) www.defense.gov/news/casualty.pdf.

Wounded service members endure many months of surgeries, physical and readjustment therapy, prosthetic fittings, and other life changes. Against this backdrop, those who are able will welcome a chance to pick up a new challenge, and get out of the daily routine of their treatment for a day. They are attracted to whitewater and adventure kayaking because it offers an exciting way to improve their health, strength, and connection with nature.

Ninkasi Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing the highest quality craft beers in support of culture, community, and the uniqueness of each individual and their passions—while evoking as much enjoyment as possible along the way! We believe in and are committed to sharing experiences that create value for our customers, our partners, and our communities in service to our core purpose: to Perpetuate Better Living. Beer is a staple of civilization.

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