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On September 13, 2014, a total of exactly 3,150 canoes and kayaks converged on Fourth Lake in the town of Inlet, in New York to set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest raft ever assembled. The event known as “One Square Mile of Hope” was organized by local kayak business owner Connie Perry, and the initiative helped raise over $150,000 towards Breast Cancer research. National Geographic photographer Nancie Battaglia flew overhead in a small plane to capture this fantastic image of what became Inlet’s third record-breaking event. 

One Square Mile of Hope was conceived by Connie Perry, owner of Frisky Otter Tours, and a small group of friends who had formed the Inlet Area Business Association to help promote tourism. Connie Perry had lost a close friend to breast cancer in 2007, and was looking for a way to commemorate her as well as raise funds to help eradicate the disease. Then someone came up with the idea of a Guinness Record attempt for the largest raft of canoes, kayaks and guide boats. The idea appealed to the entire group, and One Square Mile of Hope was born.

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Photo credit: Nancie Battaglia

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