Published in the August 12, 2015 edition


WAKEFIELD — More people are starting to get into paddle boarding on Lake Quannapowitt, so Sue Pronco decided to start something she hopes will gather steam and benefit community groups in the process.
This Sunday, Aug. 16, will be the first Quannapowitt Paddle Battle, a stand up paddle board race which will benefit the town’s Recreation Department and the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt.
Sue said this morning there are plenty of available spots for contestants to join the Battle, which is a race along a 2.5 mile loop of the Lake. Prizes go to the top five finishers in both the men and women’s division.
Hall Park will come alive Sunday with plenty of music, food, games, fitness demonstrations and vendors, all part of a plan to spark interest in the event, which Sue envisions as an annual affair designed to promote health and wellness while also getting paddle boarders’ competitive juices flowing.
You can register at or show up in Hall Park at 9 a.m. Sunday. The race begins at 10 a.m. Paddlers do not need to own a board; equipment will be available at the event.
The event is hosted by Focused Fitness with Sue and the Wakefield Recreation Department.
It is sponsored by the following: Wakefield Recreation, Friends of Lake Quannapowitt, the Quannapowitt Yacht Club, L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School, the Melrose YMCA, STACK’D Nutrition, Road ID, SUP East Coast Style, Athleta, Arbonne International, Rodan & Fields, Richardson’s Ice Cream, Dove Chocolate, Fred’s Franks, Honey Dew Donuts, EMS and JamesHardie.
For more information find Focused Fitness with Sue on Facebook or e-mail