Athletes 4 Cancer is excited to announce North America’s largest amateur kiteboarding race – The 6th Annual Kiteboarding 4 Cancer (KB4C), taking place in beautiful Hood River, Oregon July 14 & 15, 2012. Kiteboarding 4 Cancer draws more than 250 kiteboarders, racing and raising funds for Athletes for Cancer’s Adventure-based Survivorship Program. To see what the event is all about, be sure to watch the video below.
The Kite Derby
Kiteboarding 4 Cancer challenges the tenacity of the most advanced and novice kiters alike with a 6-hour Endurance Race – The Kite Derby. Set with the stunning backdrop of Hood River and Mt. Hood, hundreds of kiteboarders race around a 3-mile course on the Columbia River for the six hours, spanning more than 100 miles per rider.
What makes the KB4C Kite Derby unique to any other kiteboarding event is its format: Athlete kiters can come in and go out of the water at any time during the race, making it nearly impossible for each athlete to know exactly where they are in the pack. Athletes typically kiteboard for the full 6 hours, never getting off the water.
The Relay-on-the-Green Team Relay race is an incredible event for spectators and participants alike! With all the action happening right at the beach, the relay gives a whole new meaning to kiteboarding as an individual sport. Teams consist of 4 racers, one kite, and one board. That is all the information that is given to teams until the pre-race meeting on the day of the race. Limited to just 12 teams, all the action in this event takes place on shore or close to shore, engaging the crowd the entire time.
Other events at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer include the Full Sail beer garden, food by local vendors, the Boards of Hope Art Project and Silent Auction during the day. Boards of Hope entails the transformation of boards of all types – surfboards, skateboards, snowboards, kiteboards and skimboards – into works of art that represent “healing and living”. Boards are donated by regional artists and auctioned off Saturday at the Boards of Hope Auction at the Hood River Event Site. Funds raised benefit Athletes for Cancer.
Nightlife for KB4C includes the Athlete & Volunteer Feast Friday, July 13th, hosted by Apple Valley BBQ and the KB4C Kickoff Party after the dinner Friday night at the Horse & Hound Pub.
The goal of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer is to raise funds for the Athletes for Cancer Survivorship Program that helps cancer fighters and survivors ages 18-40 rebuild their lives after cancer. The mantra of the event is to take on a unique challenge and endure to the point of exhaustion, testing both mental and physical tenacity, embodying the struggle someone going through cancer faces every day. With this in mind, we encourage individuals to fundraise a minimum of $500 (Teams, $2000) in donations to participate. Alternatively, there will be a simple registration fee of $75 (Teams, $300) to participate. Top fundraisers and finishers receive sponsor prizes.
Athletes 4 Cancer is dedicated to harnessing the healing power of the elements with the determination of the human spirit to benefit lives affected by cancer through funding of advocacy, prevention, and survivorship programs. Athletes 4 Cancer is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, IRS tax ID #42-1737854 and is solely in charge of Kiteboarding 4 Cancer. We fund our programs and charities solely through tax-deductible contributions from private individuals, corporations and foundations.