Annual three-day event to benefit Hope For The Warriors

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PINE KNOLL SHORES, N.C. (May 1, 2019) – Registration is now open for the 12TH Annual Kayak for the Warriors hosted by the Town of Pine Knoll Shores. The three-day event features a 5K and 10K beach run, Warrior reception with live and silent auctions, a 3.2-mile kayak and paddle board race, and barbecue lunch benefiting Hope For The Warriors.

Founded aboard Camp Lejeune, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit that assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programs including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.

“Kayak for the Warriors is blessed with a wonderful, committed volunteer force of local residents,” said Jean McDanal, coordinator for the event. “They tirelessly invest numerous hours in securing items and food for the auction, folks to set up and take down tents, do the timing, procure water and other drinks. In addition to spending hours on the computer inputting data, distributing brochures, setting up run routes and so many other things.

“Thank you to all of you who make this event so special. It’s what makes Pine Knoll Shores so great!”

On Saturday, May 25, the festivities kick-off at 8 a.m. with the 5K and 10K beach runs beginning at the Inn at Pine Knoll Shores (formerly The Clamdigger). Registration for the 5K is $25 and $35 for the 10K, with both including a t-shirt.

On Thursday, May 30, the Crystal Coast community can come together at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium for the annual Warrior Reception, with silent and live auctions beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and include heavy appetizers and access to the aquarium’s exhibits.

On Saturday, June 1, the signature kayak and paddle board race begins at 10 a.m. The 3.2-mile race starts at Garner Park and moves through Bogue Sound and the Pine Knoll Shores canals. Registration is $50 for a single kayak and $100 for a tandem. Both include a t-shirt and lunch.

The Warrior Trophy is awarded to the paddler who brings in the most donations for his or her team.

For those preferring to stay on land while supporting local veterans, military members and families, lunch is available for $10 per person or $15 per family.

“Each year, the Town of Pine Knoll Shores and the Crystal Coast community continue to amaze us,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president/CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “For 12 years, this community has helped create positive change in veterans, service members and military families’ lives and keep hope alive, and we are appreciative of all that they do.”

Since 2008, Kayak for the Warriors has raised over $515,000 benefiting Hope For The Warriors and its programs.

Pre-registration is encouraged for any/all events at On-site registration is also available.

To learn more about Kayak for the Warriors visit or for questions email

For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

Media Contact:

Erin McCloskey

Behalf of Hope For The Warriors

(336) 207-5222

About Hope For The Warriors: 

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 23,200 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 200 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 25,500 since 2010. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.