‘Esopus Creek Safari’ this weekend

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Irma Sagazie, who’s about to turn 100, still kayaks.
Irma Sagazie, who’s about to turn 100, still kayaks.

SAUGERTIES – Irma Sagazie’s annual Esopus Creek Safari will be held Saturday morning.

Sagazie, who is a former Saugerties resident, will attend the race and celebrate her 100 th birthday a few months early.

Preregistration for the kayak and canoe race is $25 and includes entry in the race, a shirt, awards, prizes and birthday cake.

Registration forms can be downloaded at www.atkenco.com or village.saugerties.ny.us (click on "local events").

Registration the day of the race will cost $30 and will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Saugerties Village Beach. A mandatory safety meeting will take place at 10 a.m. and the race will begin at 10:30 a.m. Participants can choose from a 4- or 7-mile flatwater course.

Sagazie’s birthday party – as well as lunch, awards, prizes and music – will begin at 12:15 p.m. For more information contact Kelly Myers at (845) 247-9664 or send an e-mail to yakracer@hotmail.com.

Money raised by the event will benefit outdoor education programs for area children.

The race is sponsored by Kenco and attorney William Myers.

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