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Special to The Gardner News
On Labor Day, Gardner Lake was the site of the 2015 Ricos Kayak Run. This was the first of what is expected to become an annual event at Gardner Lake.
Ricos is a food service company from San Antonio. The local connection is Larry DeSmarteau, who lives at Gardner Lake and is Vice President of Sales for Ricos Products Company. Ricos provides financial support and food for the event. Their specialty is chili and cheese dip for nachos and chili dogs, which was provided in abundance along with bottled water and cold watermelon.
The kayak run was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. but was delayed an hour by heavy rain. About 25 kayakers participated.
The course was roughly a mile in length and took participants around two buoy boats near the Beach House and the Stone Gazebo. Finish line was a return to the starting point.
The race is mostly just for fun, with the goal being just to complete the course, but there was some competition among the top finishers.
Cory Adams led the way throughout the race and was first across the finish line, followed by Zack Burnett and Todd Chappell finishing second and third.