July 15, 2016
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo and Syracuse Media Group to Compete in Inaugural Onondaga Cup & LakeFest

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Teams Will Race to Support the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Syracuse Media Group today announced a wager on the Governor’s Cup at the inaugural Onondaga Cup & LakeFest. The wager includes the losing team donating $1,000 to the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation to support underprivileged children in Central New York, and provide funding for cancer research and advocacy. 

The Onondaga Cup & LakeFest revives a storied tradition and marks the first Syracuse regatta in more than 20 years. Governor Cuomo will lead a team of administration officials in eight-person canoes against Tim Kennedy, President of Syracuse Media Group, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, Juli Boeheim, and other local participants. The race will kick off at Onondaga Lake Park at 11 a.m.

“The rebirth of Onondaga Lake marks an important chapter in the success story of Syracuse and all of Central New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “By holding the Governor’s Cup to celebrate the revival of the regatta, we are paying tribute to a time-honored tradition and celebrating the cultural and historical spirit of this region. I look forward to a spirited race and being the first team to cross the finish line.” 

“The Governor’s Cup is a great addition to the inaugural Onondaga Cup & LakeFest,” Tim Kennedy, President of the Syracuse Media Group, said. “A spirited but friendly competition will be a great way to start the day as we celebrate the lake and support the important work of both the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation and the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps.”

The Governor’s Cup marks the first event in a series of day-long activities at the Onondaga Cup & LakeFest. The day will also include rowing, kayak and paddleboard competitions, as well as a festival featuring food, beverage, wine tastings and more. The world’s largest rubber duck – spanning 61 feet and weighing eleven tons – will be on the lake as part of the event.

Syracuse University’s varsity crew team won the Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s national championship in 1978 on their hometown lake in Onondaga County. In the 1990s, the IRA regatta moved to Camden, N.J. Now, Syracuse is bringing the tradition back with the Onondaga Cup & LakeFest. 

Note: Media interested in covering the Governor’s Cup should arrive at Onondaga Lake Park no later than 10:30 a.m.

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