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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 08:10 PM

Raise $500 in donations, and you can race a canoe through water filled with mercury and gonorrhea

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from Grist:


Raise $500 in donations, and you can race a canoe through water filled with mercury and gonorrhea
By Sarah Laskow


Get out your regatta flags and your best boating cap — this June 15, the Gowanus Dredgers will take on the Red Hook Boaters in the first Gowanus Challenge, the only boating race we’ve ever known to take place entirely in a polluted, smelly Superfund site.

The New York Daily News reports:

The 2 1/2-mile round-trip race will be similar to better-known regattas in England and Boston in concept only. In Brooklyn, intrepid kayakers will get a slug’s-eye view of a malodorous corpse of waterway once used as an industrial dumping ground.

Scientists have found mercury, lead, chromium and even gonorrhea in the canal nicknamed Lavender Lake.


And yet! People do boat in this disgusting waterway. (A very small number of people have lived in houseboats there, as well.) And this regatta will hopefully make the canal a little less disgusting; the race is a fundraiser for the Gowanus Dredgers’ Canoe Club, so canoe teams are being asked to raise $500 and kayakers $200. There’s no cash prize or anything; the awards banquet will feature “a specially designed Artisinal [sic] Superfund Pizzas produced in Brooklyn that feature exotic ingredients from around the world.” Superfund pizza. Mmm.

Also, you don’t have to wear a shirt, but pants are preferred. And really, you want to wear both. There’s gonorrhea in that water.


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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 09:28 PM

1. ugh

 

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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 10:00 PM

2. What is this.. the fourth prize?

Blake: We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize?

Holds up prize

Blake: Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104348/







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