BRIDGTON — Lakes Environmental Association will bring a new tradition to Highland Lake this summer. The first Maine Lakes Open Paddle Battle will take place on Saturday, July 1.

The event is the first of its kind in western Maine and will provide one massive paddle board of excitement. There is a 2K course for recreational paddlers and a 5K course for the cruisers.

There will be real competition, but the race is about having fun and raising money. For this reason, organizers have added a twist. There is a guaranteed way to improve time that does not involve a specialized diet or hours at the gym. For every $100 of sponsorship raised, they will take a full minute off race time. 

Medals will be awarded based on best (actual) time as well. 

Pledge forms and registration can be found at

Race categories include the following: Nen’s and Women’s Longboard (longer than 12’06”) and Men’s and Women’s Shortboard  (12’06” and under).

Age classes are 15-35,  36-55,  56+. The minimum age to participate is 15. 

All proceeds will benefit the Lakes Environmental Association, which is a nonprofit regional association dedicated to preserving and protecting area lakes and ponds.

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