The Essex County team pits Douglas, Keene Supervisor Bill Ferebee, Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall, North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi, Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery-Corey and Manning together against some two dozen other boats.
Ferebee said Sunday’s race should be boatloads of fun.
The course runs about 15 miles from the put-in at the Indian Lake dam to the Upper Hudson.
“We are going to give it our best shot. We’re going to paddle hard and show him (Cuomo) what we’re really made of,” Ferebee said.
“I’m looking forward to it.”
“I’m looking so forward to it,” Douglas agreed. “Honestly, we’re going to win.”
‘SHARE THE SUMMER’
Friday, the Essex County team talked about holding a practice session this morning.
“We appreciate the invitation from the governor,” Douglas said. “I’m glad he’s promoting the North Country.”
The invitational race, which is closed to the public, has a 1 p.m. start time in Indian Lake.
Video footage and winners of the Governor’s Challenge will be presented amid festival events on Sunday afternoon.
The entire weekend is meant to highlight the beauty of the heart of the Adirondack Park.
“The goal is really to bring people in and share the Adirondack summer,” Farber said.
After the “Capital Pressroom” radio show with Susan Arbetter on Friday, Cuomo’s comments to the press included a few jabs at race competition.
“It’s good fun” he said. “We’re bringing people from all over the state to participate in this race. Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg from New York City is coming. All of this has a purpose … tourism is a big industry for this state.”
Fifty million people visit New York City every year, the governor said.
“Let’s get some of them to come on a day trip up north. If people just see it, they will come. This is an opportunity to show them.”