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    Members of the Northwest Ohio River Runners Club, above, recently celebrated the group’s 10-year anniversary. The kayakers met at Howard Pinkley Landing on June 18 for an evening of rowing, stories and a cake, below.
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River Runners group celebrate 10th anniversary with kayaking and cake

The Northwest Ohio River Runners Club (NWORR) celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Howard Pinkley Landing kayak launch spot, off Shoreland Avenue, on June 18.

Bob Pulhuj, one the club’s leaders, shared the group’s origin story on a Facebook post.

“It was an idea by Howard Pinkley, that with all the yacht clubs and sailing clubs, that there wasn’t a paddle sport club. So Howard along with his trusty sidekick, Clem Cybulski, put a notice in the Point Place and Shoreland Journal for those interested in canoeing, kayaking and scull rowing to attend a meeting scheduled at the Friendship Park Community Center.”

At least 20 people attended the first meeting, and potential names for the group were submitted, Mr. Pulhuj wrote. The NWORR won the vote at the next meeting.

“Many of us have made great and forever friendships over these 10 years that we will never forget,” Mr. Pulhuj continued. “Some have unfortunately relocated but are still in our hearts, as kayaking is something that I personally cherish. I will always be grateful to Howard for his idea of a kayaking group.”

Mr. Pinkley was responsible for getting the funding to establish the kayak launch spot. If the weather is good, group members will meet there on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. to kayak, share stories and, occasionally, grab a bite to eat.

“I’m honored to be a part of this group and so proud of Northwest Ohio River Runners as it has earned the respect in the Northwest Ohio Community,” Mr. Pulhuj said. “[Group members] have taken time to volunteer in promoting this group at events and especially promoting and sharing kayaking safety. They have made it what it is in those 10 years.”

Newcomers of all skill levels are welcome to join the group, whose motto is “No kayaker will be left behind.”

For more information, visit nworr.org or search for NWORR on Facebook.

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