Plastic pollution is an increasing problem in the world's oceans and waterways, and a local group going on an expedition to Bermuda this June to raise awareness is holding a fundraiser race and BBQ this Sunday on Cayuga Lake and at Stewart Park.
"Paddle Against Pollution," scheduled for 2pm Sunday afternoon, features a Stand-Up Paddle, Kayak, or Canoe race from East Shore Sailing Center along a 1.5-mile course that will end at the dock near Stewart Park's main pavilion.
Following the race, the event includes a BBQ and live music. The BBQ is included in the race registration fee, and separate BBQ-only tickets are available for those who'd like to attend, watch, and contribute without participating in the race. BBQ-only tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for children under 13, and race tickets start at $10 without vessel rental (for those with their own vessel) and $30 with stand-up paddle rental.
The organizers are preparing for an expedition with National Geographic next month. The trip to Bermuda will help raise awareness of the spread of water pollution consisting of disposable bottles, bags, and other plastic debris. Tickets for the event, scheduled for 2-8pm on Sunday, May 18th, are available via Ticketleap.