• Team River Runner - Southern Illinois Kickoff

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    Name: Team River Runner - Southern Illinois Kickoff
    Date: August 31, 2019
    Time: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM CDT
    Event Description:

    A new chapter of the national Team River Runner veterans advocacy network partners with Southern Illinois University’s Veteran Adventures Program for a kickoff event, Saturday, Aug. 31 at SIU’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center.


    The event is free to veterans, current service members and their families.

    Breakfast will be provided at 8 a.m. 
    (Funding for the meals is provided by the Heroes Helping Heroes Foundation.)
    Check-in is from 9-11 a.m. 

    The Team River Runner Kickoff begins at 10:00 a.m.
    Participants can enjoy an open paddle and outdoor games from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.    
    Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided at 1 p.m. 

    Afternoon activities include paddle sports, competitions and other games. 
    Dinner will be provided by Quatro’s in Carbondale. (Funding for the meals is provided by the Heroes Helping Heroes Foundation.)
    That evening, attendees can participate in a night paddle and enjoy a campfire with s’mores.

    Overnight lodging is included, with availability Friday evening, Saturday evening, or both Friday and Saturday.

    The event is a joint venture between Team River Runner and Touch of Nature’s Veteran Adventures Program. 
    Team River Runner’s national mission is to provide veterans and their families an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddle sports. 

    Veteran Adventure’s mission is to help military veterans transition to life at home through powerful wilderness expeditions and events that draw on the healing benefits of adventure and outdoor challenges.

    While the event is free, preregistration is required for overnight lodging and Saturday day activities.  Lodging is available Friday, Friday and Saturday, and Saturday night only. 
    Registration for the Team River Runners Kickoff is available on the Touch of Nature website at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/TouchofNatureEnvironmentalCenter?season=2683108
    Registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 28.

    For general questions on the event, contact Ethan Blumhorst at ethan.blumhorst@teamriverrunner.org
    Location:
    Touch of Nature Environmental Center
    Camp 2
    1206 Touch of Nature Road
    Makanda, Il 62958
    Date/Time Information:
    Saturday, Aug 31 at 10 a.m.
    Contact Information:
    Ethan Blumhorst
    Fees/Admission:
    FREE to veterans, current service members and their families. 
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