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Photos: Ringing in 2013 with an annual paddle

  • Orli Gottlieb (left), Dan Bennis (left center), Carolyn Pace (right center) and Barrett Phillips (right) prepare to kayak down the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Gottlieb and Pace, members of the Tufts Mountain Club, joined Bennis and Phillips who are members of the Appalachian Mountain Club for the annual paddle. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980's, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Years Paddle became a way to promote and preserve the river.  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Orli Gottlieb (left), Dan Bennis (left center), Carolyn Pace (right center) and Barrett Phillips (right) prepare to kayak down the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Gottlieb and Pace, members of the Tufts Mountain Club, joined Bennis and Phillips who are members of the Appalachian Mountain Club for the annual paddle. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980's, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Years Paddle became a way to promote and preserve the river.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Orli Gottlieb points out the rapids at the end of the run on the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin to Barrrett Phillips as they walk to the top of the river to join other paddlers from the Tufts Mountain Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Year's Paddle became a way to promote and preserve the river.  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Orli Gottlieb points out the rapids at the end of the run on the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin to Barrrett Phillips as they walk to the top of the river to join other paddlers from the Tufts Mountain Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Year's Paddle became a way to promote and preserve the river.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • A kayaker slides into the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin for the annual New Year's Day Paddle; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Year's Paddle has since became a vehicle to promote and preserve the river.  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    A kayaker slides into the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin for the annual New Year's Day Paddle; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Year's Paddle has since became a vehicle to promote and preserve the river.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Kayakers from the Tufts Mountain Club and Appalachian Mountain Club prepare to paddle down the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Years Paddle became a way to promote and preserve the river.  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

    Kayakers from the Tufts Mountain Club and Appalachian Mountain Club prepare to paddle down the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Years Paddle became a way to promote and preserve the river.

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

  • Orli Gottlieb (left), Dan Bennis (left center), Carolyn Pace (right center) and Barrett Phillips (right) prepare to kayak down the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Gottlieb and Pace, members of the Tufts Mountain Club, joined Bennis and Phillips who are members of the Appalachian Mountain Club for the annual paddle. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980's, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Years Paddle became a way to promote and preserve the river.  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Orli Gottlieb points out the rapids at the end of the run on the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin to Barrrett Phillips as they walk to the top of the river to join other paddlers from the Tufts Mountain Club and the Appalachian Mountain Club; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Year's Paddle became a way to promote and preserve the river.  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • A kayaker slides into the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin for the annual New Year's Day Paddle; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Year's Paddle has since became a vehicle to promote and preserve the river.  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)
  • Kayakers from the Tufts Mountain Club and Appalachian Mountain Club prepare to paddle down the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin; Tuesday, January 1, 2013. The tradition began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s, kayakers began participating in the event a few years later. The New Years Paddle became a way to promote and preserve the river.  <br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

K ayakers braved the frigid Winnipesaukee River yesterday in Franklin for the 32nd First Day Franklin – a tradition that began with people riding inner tubes down the river in the early 1980s. Kayakers began participating a few years later, and the paddling event has become a vehicle to promote and preserve the river.

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