Participants paddle north in the Wrangell Narrows in 2017. (Orin Pierson/KFSK)

Kakayers and stand-up paddle boarders will be braving the Wrangell Narrows Saturday, July 21 to raise money for Petersburg Medical Center. It’s the fifth annual Paddle Battle in the Narrows, a fund raiser for the medical center foundation. Each year, money from the event goes toward different needs at the local hospital. This year it will help pay for training. For more, Joe Viechnicki spoke with the medical center’s public relations coordinator Kelsey Lambe and the medical center’s new CEO Phil Hofstetter.

A safety meeting is Friday, July 20th at 5 p.m. at the Dorothy Ingle conference room at the medical center. Paddlers will be heading north from Papke’s Landing at 9 a.m. Saturday, around noon from the Scow Bay turnaround and 1 p.m. from South Harbor. Paddlers can sign up online or at the medical center office. Hammer and Wikan is donating the food for a cook-out at the end of the paddle and First Bank is auctioning off survival kits this week.