Very Special Guests Currently On Island

team river runner 2015

St. John is fortunate to have a group of extremely important guests on island, and we want you all to know about it.

Yesterday I got a text from Tom Larson, captain of the Sadie Sea. He mentioned how Team River Runner was arriving on island Sunday afternoon and asked if I wanted to take a ride over to Red Hook to pick them up. Immediately I responded and said absolutely.

For those of you unaware of what Team River Runner is, it’s an organization that invites disabled and wounded veterans and their families to participate in adaptive paddling activities so they can embrace new challenges while invoking leadership and promoting camaraderie. Each year, due to the efforts of Tom Larson, Team River Runner brings a group of veterans to the island in November for a week of rest, relaxation and paddling.

St. John held a fundraiser last summer to bring these vets to the island. The Chaotic Kayak Race raised more than $57,000 that day. Simply amazing.

Yesterday we picked up 17 men and women. I believe five more are expected to arrive today. These men and women are extraordinary, courageous and very cool to hang out with. Ranging in age from their early twenties to their fifties, these men and women have given up a lot to serve our country. As a result, two men are blind and several are missing limbs … why? For us. So please show them your thanks this week if you see them.

For those of you who would like to thank them in person, as I know I will be all week, you can meet them at The Beach Bar Wednesday night around 5 p.m., at Skinny Legs Friday night around 5 p.m. or on Saturday at 1 p.m. at a picnic hosted by the American Legion in Coral Bay.

News of St. John would like to thank Ocean Grill, St. John Brewers, Barefoot Cowboy Lounge, Arawak, VI Ecotours, The Beach Bar and Joe’s Rum Hut for providing food, beverages and activities to Team River Runner during their stay.






4 comments for “Very Special Guests Currently On Island

  1. NancieM
    November 2, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    You are all amazing and wonderful people. I give you a deeply heartfelt Thank You for all you’ve done. Enjoy our beloved St. John!

  2. Sue
    November 3, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Thank you all for your service. From, A Grateful American

  3. jimg20
    November 3, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Welcome to STJ! Please, enjoy America’s Paradise while you are there. You’ve earned it – and a lot more!

  4. Buck payne
    November 4, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I feel like we just can’t say or do enough for these warriors ! I would like to say thank you for all the people on st.john that care and try to do the right thing even though no one will know your name and how you helped but I’m sure there is a special place in heaven for you !!!

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