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Supporting Homeless Vets

Register Today And Help Thousands of Homeless Vets

Spots for participating in the 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge are filling up fast! Secure your spot now by registering on our website. Remember, we have a race for everyone, so grab a team member and register today!

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.

All of the proceeds go to Onslow Community Outreach, which is a great organization that aids in helping homeless veterans. We hope to be able to provide bus tokens to vets for doctors’ appointments, accommodations at the homeless shelter, assistance in construction of the new homeless facility and much more.

Registering for the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge is a great way to support your community and veterans in need. There are over 1,000 homeless veterans in North Carolina alone! Help us make that number ZERO!

 

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Supporting Onslow Community Outreach

All proceeds from the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge will go to Onslow Community Outreach. This includes sponsorships and registration entry fees. To give you an idea of exactly how the funds will be spent, see below:

  • Bus Tokens for Vets to get to and from appointments, or other veteran services
  • Hotel vouchers for homeless Vets that the shelter is unable to accommodate due to no bed vacancy
  • Bus vouchers for out of town medical services for Vets
  • Utility/ Rental assistance to Vets getting transitioning to better/ permanent housing
  • Assistance in construction, renovation or purchase of new facility

Help support the veterans in North Carolina and REGISTER TODAY!

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Alarming Number Of Homeless Vets In The US

The number of homeless veterans in the United States at any given point is unsettling. To think that someone who fought for our freedom is now on the street is extremely hard to fathom. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 49,933 veterans in the United States are homeless. This information was taken within the last year, while not 100% accurate is roughly a 33% drop from 2010.

Because of the statistics above we founded the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge Event. This event will be held on May 17th in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. All proceeds go directly to homeless veterans in the North Carolina area. Founding partner of the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge, David Russotto, is a veteran himself and does all he can to support his fellow service members.
Whether you’re an advanced paddler or only a beginner there will be a race for you! We hope that the people of Wrightsville Beach and surrounding communities will come out to support and help raise money for our homeless veterans.

Homeless Veterans

Announcing May 17th 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge

We are excited to announce the date of our 1st Annual VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge, May 17th. This event will help raise money and awareness for the homeless and disabled veterans, specifically, Onslow County Community Foundation for Homeless Veterans. Onslow County is home to Camp Lejeune.

According to the US Department for Veterans Affairs, “The 2014 Point-in-Time (PIT) count revealed that there were approximately 49,933 homeless Veterans on a single night in January 2014 in the United States.  For the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), even one Veteran without safe and stable housing is one too many.”

Join us on Sunday, May 17th for the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The event will be located on 96 West Salisbury Street at Wrightsville SUP. Whether you are a beginner and have never paddled before or you’re advanced and could paddle in your sleep…we have a race for you! Races include:

Beginner/Recreational Race (No paddle experience needed)

Intermediate

Advanced (Paddle only)

Advanced (Paddle and fitness)

Instructors will be on site at the event for any training needed prior to the race.

We hope to see you there.

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Is Beginner More Your Speed?

Check out these sample beginner / intermediate PaddleFit workouts!

Sample of Beginner/Intermediate Challenge

Set a buoy 50 meters out from shore.

Race Begins:

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

10 Inch Worm Pushups

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

10 Frog Jumps

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

20 Jump Lunges

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

25 Meter Bear Crawl

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

15 V-Sits

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

Each team member must complete one round.

Sample of Beginner Challenge

Set a buoy 50 meters out from shore.

Race begins:

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

25 Meters Crab Crawl

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

1 Minute Jump Ups

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

15 Donkey Kicks

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

15 Inch Worm Pushups

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

10 Pull Ups or Push Ups

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

25 Sit Ups or 35 Crunches

Sprint to buoy and back to shore

Each team member completes one round.

 

VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge

Are You Ready To Feel The Burn?

Are you curious what PaddleFit is? What the workout consists of? Below are some examples of land, water and a combination of both land and water challenges.
PaddleFit Challenge Turn and Burn Relay Race for Advanced Paddlers

• 4 buoys lined up in a row about 40-50 yards apart.
• Each person sprints to each buoy and does a 360 degree pivot turn, then sprints to the next.
• Each person goes one at a time.
• Perform left shoulder turns and right shoulder turns.
• Each team member must complete 2 Circuits
• Team with the best time wins.
• Three or Four Individuals with the best individual time compete against each other in a separate round for the individual title

Advanced Water Challenge

• 2 buoys in the water 75 meter apart
• One buoy is the exercise buoy and the other is the sprint buoy
• 45 mountain climbers
• Sprint Paddle
• 20 squat jumps
• Sprint Paddle
• 20 push up to plank
• Sprint Paddle
• 10 Leg Lifts
• One knee Sprint (Paddle on kneeling on one knee)
• 15 V- sit-ups
• Prone sprint paddle
• Timed event. Each member of the team must complete one round

Are you up for the challenge? Stay tuned for more examples, this is only the beginning!