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Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard race is on

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By Malika Dudley - bio | email

HAWAII KAI, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the first time in it's history the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championship has sold out. A record number of women will be competing this year too.

They take off this Sunday from Kaluakoi on Molokai and end up in Hawaii kai 32 miles later. The first finishers should arrive around noon. The top athletes will complete the 32-mile channel crossing in just over five hours.

Unlike short- and middle-distance races, the 32-mile Molokai 2 Oahu World Championship is the ultimate extreme test of a paddlers endurance and athletic ability. With a depth of 2,300 feet, the Ka'iwi (aka Molokai) Channel is infamous for its heavy seas, debilitating heat, and nightmarish currents.

Race rules mandate that every single entry must have their own escort boat accompaniment, support, and be qualified to compete in the race. Including official race boats, there will be a flotilla of over 200 craft crossing the Molokai Channel on July 25.

This year you can help the paddlers paddle for a good cause. 32::32 is a new initiative where you can donate one dollar per mile. You will receive a limited edition t-shirt and hat as a thank you. Proceeds benefit Molokai 2 Oahu race non-profit partners: The Molokai Community Service Council, Na Kama Kai, Malama Maunalua, and The Rell Sunn Eductional Fund.

Click HERE for a link to the official race website.

You can also help Scott Gamble in his mission to help Hawaii's Sarcoma patients. Scott's cousin, Dodge Ackerman had two rare sarcoma cancers, angiosarcoma and rhabdomyosarcoma that cut short his life. Sarcomas occur in connective tissue, including muscle, bone, fat, nerve, cartilage, and blood vessels. Dodge was only 22 when he passed away from sarcoma.

This year, Gamble signed up with the Ocean of Hope team, which raises money for the Sarcoma Alliance. The national nonprofit group has a blog, discussion board, live chat room and peer-to-peer network. It helps start sarcoma support groups and provides financial assistance to patients seeking a second opinion from sarcoma specialists, a vital component of saving a sarcoma patients life.

Click HERE for a link on how you can help Scott raise money for Sarcoma patients.

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