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The Kayaks are Coming, the Kayaks are Coming! "GiCKR" Is Fine In 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 • Posted April 29, 2009

It’s 2009 and the kayaks are coming again! Jump in a kayak, dance at the concert or volunteer for The Great Castell Kayak Race June 6th, 2009 to raise money to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and (“gicker”) GCKR. This is the seventh year of the race and it has become a hill country tradition.

The Llano River is Texas’ cleanest and wildest river, flowing through some of the most historic portions of central Texas. Organizers distribute bags donated by LCRA for trash clean up for all (so those who decide to mosey down the river can do a good deed). Even though this is a “race” many folks participate to help with the cause and for a nice family day. Many serious boaters do the GCKR race to practice for the Texas Safari later in the month of June.

The race begins at the 87 river bridge over the lovely Llano River on Saturday June 6th, 2009, at 8 a.m. and The Llano river RV Park hosts the put in. Preregistration fee is $40 and includes t-shirt, bandana, snacks, free live music concert starring the Dust Devils and much more. Raffle for gift baskets $5 per ticket!

There is a free music concert all day at Riversounds at the finish line featuring Texas Songwriters in the Round, Daniel Link, the Dust Devils and more. The race founder, Jerialice, is a musician and wanted to provide some live original Texas music at this event as an addition to the fun aspects of the fund-raiser. There will be opportunities for folks to donate at the music concert which begins at 11 a.m. at the finish line. The music is being generously supported by “KFAN FM Texas Rebel Radio” and Mitchell Planning Group LLC to help raise as much money as possible.

This year KXAN/CW of Austin Texas is a major media sponsor and will help spread the word all over central Texas. Organizers are appreciative to have so much support from all the media of their region. The Race is proud to announce Scott & White and Llano Memorial Health Care System, two regional medical facilities that are very involved in community efforts and the fight against cancer, as new underwriters.

The race has a new 501-c3 foundation, GCKR, in Castell where the race ends every year from its starting point in Mason County. The first five years the beneficiary of the 12 mile race rotated until Jerialice Arsenault, founder and Director, lost her sister Judith Curtis to cancer in 2007. After that, she and her surviving sister, Janice Ramalho agreed to try to help others.

The hope of the Race is to raise awareness of needs in the rural areas and to bring together the elements for healing. GCKR will focus on writing grants in place of the yearly auction. 100% of all donations will go to the foundation in lieu of the auction. In years past, the auction raised the majority of the funds, so some changes will be happening over the next year as the board members paddle down new waters!

The pre-registration fee is $40 - forms on web site - www.castelltexas.com.

Day of Registration at the park is $45.

www.castelltexas.com

512-217-4596 for race info!

Llano River RV PARK:

866-640-9696 37 Keller Velino Road Mason, Texas 76856

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