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Floating down the river for a cause

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For sport or for leisure, canoers and kayakers of all ages are coming out to enjoy the scenic waterways of the Susquehanna River.

Broome YMCA held their first annual Nineveh Nine today. Participants for the canoe and kayak race could choose to take part in a three-mile or nine-mile course starting and ending in the water behind enchanted waters shop. With more than 50 racers, organizers say today's turnout exceeded expectations.

"Canoe and kayaking, it's something all ages can enjoy because you can learn at an early age and you can continue into an older age.
Maybe if you were a runner, and you've been doing a lot of running and your knees are starting to bother you, you can still paddle. It's a low impact sport it's just something that you can follow through with your entire life," said Race Director for Nineveh Nine Cathy Lipsky.

After the race, winners from different classes received medals. A chicken barbecue was awaiting racers at the finish as well. Proceeds from the race will go towards the Broome County YMCA's youth programming.