PRESS RELEASE: 1st Annual VA Vigilante Paddle Fit Challenge Event

An event designed to help raise money for homeless veterans in North Carolina.

Wrightsville Beach, April 28, 2015:  VA Vigilante, Inc., Wrightsville SUP and PaddleFit are honored to announce the 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge Event in Wrightsville Beach on May 17th. All proceeds from the event go directly to Onslow Community Outreach for Homeless Veterans, home of Camp Lejeune. What you may not know is thousands of veterans are homeless in the United States on any given night, many of which are right here in North Carolina.

The VA Vigilante Paddle Fit Challenge Event consists of several stand up paddle races in addition to on land exercises, also known as PaddleFit. No matter your paddle experience or fitness level we have a race for you!  If you’re active duty military/veteran we are offering a significant discount on your registration fee. The race will be held on Sunday, May 17th at Wrightsville SUP in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The first race will begin promptly at 9:00AM EST. First place winners of the Advanced Races will win one week at a beautiful villa in Costa Rica during the months of June-July 2015 or 2016. First place winners of the Beginner/Recreational and Intermediate Races will win tour tickets to Port City Brew Bus. If you are interested in participating, DON’T WAIT to register! We are only accepting 100 participants in this year’s race. You can register on our website at


 RACE DETAILS: Each race will be completed in teams of two.

Beginner/Recreational Race: This race is perfect for the inexperienced paddler, there is absolutely no paddle experience required for this race. In fact, we will have Certified PaddleFit Instructors at the event prior to the race. The race will consist of paddling one lap around the island and 6-8 fitness challenges on land.

Intermediate Race: This race is great for a paddler that has some experience paddling. Similar to the Beginner/Recreational race you will paddle one lap around the island and complete 6-8 fitness challenges on land. Exercises consist of but are not limited to; bear crawls, push-ups, sit-ups, planks, etc.

Advanced Race: This race is dedicated to the experienced paddler that is interested in not just paddling but competing. The advanced paddlers will make 2 laps around the island and complete 8-10 fitness challenges per lap. This race will be tough, as you will be racing against extremely fit paddlers.

Advanced Turn and Burn Race: This race is an all-out sprint around a series of buoys where each racer must execute high speed power turns.

For registration details, please visit our website at

Many local businesses in our community have come aboard sponsoring the event such as; Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban Law Firm, Port City Brew Bus, CG Counseling and Consulting, Siska Aurand Landscaping Architects, Inc., Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Sweetwater Surf Shop, AKG of America, Bryant Realty, South Beach Grill and Enfuse Technology Solutions. We want to thank all of these businesses for their generosity and support.

 About VA Vigilante Inc.

VA Vigilante, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans in need. VA Vigilante, Inc. was founded by veteran and Attorney David Russotto. David served in the navy from 1986 to 1991 where he was an attorney with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, until moving on to private practice.

“For years I read about veterans who were struggling with many disabilities as they returned from combat in the Middle East. The struggles were exacerbated by a VA system that was clearly failing in its mission to provide benefits to disabled Vets. As Navy Vets ourselves, my law partner Don Marcari and I decided it was time for us to find a way to help. So five years ago we decided to create a full time Veterans Disability Benefits division at our firm that was dedicated solely to helping Vets,” says David Russotto, managing partner for the Veterans Disability Benefits Department at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer and Balaban Law Firm.









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