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1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run Going Bigger

After a “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” kind of travel day last Sunday that included an hour-and-a-half, early morning drive to Milwaukee followed by a miserable hour-and-a-half bus ride to Chicago—weather scrubbed my short flight between the two cities—followed by an hour-and-a-half delayed, four-plus-hour flight to San Francisco, I didn’t expect to be eager to hit the road again anytime soon. That it all followed on the heels of an incredibly emotional weekend covering the Four Horsemen Poker Run didn’t help.


In just its second year, this upstate New York-based event is experiencing meteoric growth. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

But damn if—after calling organizer Jeff Morgan yesterday—I’m not excited to get to the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run July 21 in Clayton, N.Y. (OK, I confess, the added benefit is that my gal and I will get to spend a few days before the run with my daughter and her boyfriend in New York City.) Morgan’s enthusiasm for the event, which has 122 registered boats—up from 73 boats in its first year—with a waiting list, is contagious.

“I just secured a second helicopter, so in addition to having Tim Sharkey shoot still images we’ll have Todd Taylor from Speedboat magazine shooting video,” said Morgan.

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