Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Multiple Sclerosis

Avalon lifeguards Craig Whitehead and Shane McGrath will try to win their third straight Upper Township Beach Patrol M.S. Six-Mile Bay Row today.
The 18th annual bay row for lifeguards and alumni begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Deauville Inn in the Strathmere section of Upper Township. A paddleboard race in the bay, which precedes the row, starts at 5:45 p.m.
From the Deauville Inn starting line, the crews will row to Sea Isle City, turn in the other direction to southern Ocean City and then make a final turn and head back to the Deauville. It's the only South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association race that's held exclusively on the bay.
Whitehead has won the Six-Mile Bay Row a record five times, with three different partners. He won with McGrath in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 3 seconds in 2009 and in 1:12:32 last year. The Avalon pair have also won their first three beach races this season, including the mile doubles row at the Atlantic City Lifeguard Classic on Friday.
Margate's Ashton Funk and Chuck Gowdy, Bay Row winners in 2007 and 2008, are also entered. Margate alumnus Carl Smallwood Jr., a three-time winner of the race with Rich Kugel, will team with B.J. Fox today. Smallwood and Fox were second last year in 1:13:03. Avalon's Matt O'Donoghue, third last year with Kevin Moore, will row with Matt Wolf. Erich Wolf, Matt's brother, will pair with Evan McGillin.

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