4 days, 3 athletes, 2 countries, and 1 lake unite in an epic paddle across the waters of Lake Titicaca in an effort to promote conservation, fitness education, and ecotourism through the sport of Standup Paddle.
Puno, Peru -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/21/2014 -- In November 2014, three athletes will paddle 90 miles at an altitude of over 12500ft across the length of Lake Titicaca from Puno, Peru to Ancoamaya, Bolivia to raise funds for two standup paddle (SUP) schools in Peru.
This epic, 4-day paddle will test the athletes' physical and mental endurance as well as their ability to face the challenges of extreme heat, cold, wind, exposure, and high-altitude.
Anyone who has visited the Andean Lake communities of Peru and Bolivia will have noticed that beyond the abundant serenity and beauty of these villages, there is an unsettling lack of education about the conservation and ecological significance of their environment. These people rely completely on the lake as a source of food, water, building material, transportation, and waste disposal, yet they don't even know how to swim. With the impact of tourism, plastics, pesticides, and population, it is necessary to improve education platforms to include these topics. There are currently two pilot schools in Peru that work with the youth of these lake communities as well as at-risk youth in Lima to enrich their overall relationship with the water through the sport of Standup Paddle.
The team has launched an Indiegogo Campaign for the event, the Lake Titicaca Paddle Project, with the goal of raising $15,000 dollars. For more information on the Lake Titicaca Paddle Project, its team, and their objectives visit their Indiegogo site: http://igg.me/at/titicaca.
About Lake Titicaca Paddle Project
Lake Titicaca Paddle Project is an initiative to promote fitness education, conservation, and ecotourism through the sport of Standup Paddle.