Chris Hopkinson, The Bay Paddler

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Chris, 46, was born and raised in Annapolis, Md. and never left. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Journalism and has lived throughout the Chesapeake Bay area in Baltimore City, Md., Washington, DC and Virginia Beach, Va.

Drawn to “outside of the box” ideas and endurance challenges, Chris was a novice paddle-boarder, mostly going just a few miles at a time until his “crazy” idea of the Bay Paddle became his mission. Chris started long distance training in the summer of 2019 and completed the infamous Chattajack 31 mile race last October, his first and only long-distance paddle event. Chris is an innovative-thinker and go-getter who has spent most of his professional career in start-ups and has completed two Ironmans.

He currently works for Ready Education, a mobile app platform for higher education institutions. He lives in Arnold, Md. with his wife Megan and three energetic children; Olivia, Emma and Miles; who also think he's a bit crazy.

His paddling adventures started with a paddleboard gift from his wife as way to get him out of the house. His passion for oyster restoration started with his daughter’s science project. And now he trains approximately 20 hours per week preparing for this 240-mile paddle in September, all in the name of a healthier Bay. Follow along with his training trials and tribulations on the Bay Paddle blog:

$10 plants 1,000 oysters

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