Mayor’s Cup Races to be held Sunday

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Kayakers, paddleboarders and canoers will face off in heats during the Mayor's Cup Races at Tiwlight Lake Aug. 2.[MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR]

BAY HEAD — Twilight Lake will be the scene of some fun competition Sunday as canoers, paddleboarders and kayakers take part in the Mayor’s Cup Races.

“We’re going to start doing this on an annual basis. We did it several years ago and it was so well received,” Mayor William Curtis said about the Aug. 2 event, which is being resurrected after years of inactivity following Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

“We are going to have a canoe race and a standup paddleboard race and a kayak race, depending on how many people sign up.

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“It is going to begin at 5 [p.m.] and it is going to be at Twilight Lake. We are going to go around Kellogg Island and back. First, second and third place will get some award and we’ll have a plaque that the winners’ names will be on in Borough Hall for posterity.”

Leaders with Bay Head Life, which is organizing the event, spoke about their excitement to bring the races back to the community.

“The Mayor’s Cup Races is one of those events that was sitting on the shelf for a while and we wanted to bring it back,” said Meryl Clement. “The mayor had just mentioned what a really fun event it was so it is going to be on Twilight Lake starting on the Lake Avenue side and we’re going to have different races for canoes, kayaks and standup paddleboards. 

“They’ll all have their own heats and it is free to the public. It was just always really old-fashioned fun. 

“Everyone just took off out into the lake and they did a loop around the little island and came back in and it was just that sort of small town fun event so we thought it sounded like something really different and really fun and we thought ‘let’s bring it back.’”

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