January 17, 2019

Clark and Its Trade Contractors Support Paddling Program for Veterans

Since being introduced to Team River Runner (TRR) over a decade ago by its co-founder Joe Mornini, Clark has been a strong supporter of the organization and its mission. TRR is an all-volunteer organization that provides veterans an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddling sports. Since the organization’s founding in 2004, TRR has placed 10,000+ veterans into kayaks in more than 60 chapters nationwide. Each year, the DC Chapter hosts a Biathalon, a competitive fundraiser that includes a one-mile paddle on the Potomac River and a three-mile run, walk, or handcycle on the nearby Capital Crescent Trail. 

Inspired by TRR’s mission, Clark hosted a fundraising luncheon just prior to Team River Runner’s 2008 DC Biathalon and called upon its trade contractors to support TRR’s mission of making sure all veterans and their families can participate in paddling programs. The success of the luncheon has grown each year. In 2018 alone, Clark and the trade contracting community raised $475,000 for the organization.

“M.C. Dean is honored to be a part of Team River Runner and to partner with Clark again this year to raise funds for this great organization,” said Mike Keatley, Team River Runner board member and vice president at M.C. Dean. “Each dollar helps fund paddling programs that promote camaraderie and leadership among wounded veterans.”

The 2018 Biathalon was a huge success, with over 180 individuals participating. Two participants –  Brian Harris and Steve Baskis were part of a Team River Runner team that set a world record by kayaking 226 miles through the Grand Canyon in September. This feat was captured by Google Street View and the team was featured on the Today Show.

“We are proud of our trade contractors for their support of Team River Runner,” said J.L. Herndon, Team River Runner board member and Clark senior vice president. “We are all committed to making sure all veterans and non-veterans with disabilities have the chance to take on adventure paddling in its many forms.”