Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) and Milford Parks and Recreation will be hosting the Second Annual Paddle Pedal Festival on Saturday, October 5, featuring Milford’s commitment to ecotourism with a 20k bike ride, 5k run and kayaking activities. This festival was created to celebrate the Mispillion River as participants embrace healthy lifestyles through outdoor activities . In addition, the event will highlight the the Chaney-Wilmont Greenway in downtown Milford, which was officially opened during last year’s event.
“This festival really celebrates our town slogan ‘Art town, River town, Home town’, and focuses on what an important role the Mispillion River plays in the city of Milford,” commented Marilyn Ambrose, Downtown Milford Inc. Promotions Committee Chairman and organizer of the Paddle Pedal Festival. “We hope that people will take advantage of the Riverwalk greenway and see its benefits towards living a healthy lifestyle.”
Registration for the Poker Paddle kayak event will occur at the police station dock at 400 NE Front Street from 8am to9:45am on Saturday. Participants will paddle to several locations along the Mispillion River including the Milford Marina, Vineyard Shipyard, Washington Street Bring and the Chaney-Wilmont boat launch. At each designated stop participants draw a playing card at random, putting together a poker hand as they move through the course. The winner of the event is the participant who makes the best five card poker hand at the end of the run. Poker Paddle participants have a chance at winning $100 for 1st Place, $75 for 2nd Place and $50 for 3rd Place.
The Bikers, Walkers and Runners will check-in or do on-site registration at 1 Marshall Street in downtown Milford at the Chaney-Wilmont Greenway from 8am to 9:45am. The 20k bike and 5k run this year will both use different routes as bikers will follow Marshall Street on back country roads to the city of Lincoln and back to the Mispillion Greenway. Runners and walkers will take a scenic route through downtown Milford along the Mispillion Riverwalk over to Lakeview Avenue past historical victorian style homes and the former Milford Middle School. Male and female winners will receive Mispillion Lighthouse Medallions for first, second and third place in each age category.
“Both the bike and 5k routes are very scenic and beautiful,” commented Ambrose. “This is a great family event and a great chance to experience the great outdoors in Milford.”
After the main events, kayakers, bikers and runners are invited back for food and entertainment at the Chaney-Wilmont Greenway while awards are being presented. The Chaney-Wilmont Greenway, located between the Vinyard Shipyard and Goat Island on the South side of the Mispillion River, was officially opened during last year’s Paddle Pedal festival. The $380,000 project, partially funded by the Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund and matched by the City of Milford, features a beautiful, scenic overlook of the Mispillion River with a floating dock for fishing and access to the river and sidewalks and picnic area for recreation and relaxation.
The event fee for those participating in the poker paddle, 20k bike or 5k run is $20 for individuals that pre-register prior to Thursday, October 3, by 4pm. Registration includes a T-shirt, if registered by October 3, and a picnic lunch. Fees on the event day will be $25. Registration forms can be obtained by downloading one from the City of Milford’s website at www.cityofmilford.com and clicking on the Parks & Recreation Department and Poker Paddle Registration Form. Participants will then need to fill it out and send the form in with a check to Milford Parks & Recreation at 207 Franklin St, Milford, DE 19963.Participants may also sign up for each event the day of the festival at respective registration spots.