By Portia Williams
GREENUP, COUNTY, Ky. — The 2015 Soc and Sam Sandy Run Race will be held Oct. 3. Contestants will line up across the water of the Little Sandy River at the Raccoon/ Gullet Bridge six miles south of the town of Greenup for a six-mile canoe race at 9 a.m. This year the Soc and Sam Sandy Run Race will also include a Kayak division.
Tom Clay, organizer of the Soc and Sam Sandy Run Race, said it is a means to help youth to be active.
“Number one is, we want to give kids something to do than just sit at the computer all day, and this is a great way to do that,” Clay said. “Some people love to race, and then some said they’d like to take a leisurely stroll down the Sandy, and that’s fine as well.”
He said kayaks will be permissible for the Soc and Sam Sandy Run Race.
“Kayaks are growing in popularity and the time is right to offer them a place in the race, canoes are competing with canoes only and Kayaks with other Kayaks,” he said. “A lot of people have told me, that they have a canoe, but they have a kayak, well kayaks are welcome this year. If you’d like to race that kayak, please do, and if you just want to take a leisurely stroll with your kayak six miles from the bridge all the way down to the mouth of the Little Sandy where it empties into the Ohio River.”
He said they welcome the support of the community.
“We just want to people to come out. It is part of the Greenup Old Fashion Days,” he said. “In addition to the entry fee that goes to the Veteran Cemetery Fund, there are two things required. One is that participants are to have is a life jacket on at all times, and the second thing is to have fun.”
According to Paul Verespy, race founder, all the proceeds from the race go to the Veterans Cemetery Fund.
For more information regarding the Soc and Sam Sandy Run contact 606-831-2203.
Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.