Do you have a canoe or kayak? NJ woman is looking for paddlers to set a world record.


Sandy Rinderer is training for an Ironman triathlon, and it’s not his most daring effort this summer.

The Bayville endurance athlete, who turns 70 on Wednesday, is hosting an Aug. 20 world record attempt on the Toms River for the largest parade of canoes and kayaks.

His goal is to break the Guinness World Record set in 2018 in Poland by 329 paddlersand also to raise funds for Save Barnegate Bay. The Toms River empties into the bay.

By Friday morning, 184 had registered for Paddle for the bay.

Rinderer does all of this while training for Ironman Chattanooga in Tennessee, which will be held on September 25 and will consist of a 2.4-mile swim, a 116-mile bike ride – 4 miles more than the usual distance – and a 26.2-mile run.

This will be the third Ironman triathlon for Rinderer. His first was at age 65 in Florida.

That’s a lot for a summer, but Rinderer seemed equally proud of the mile she plans to paddle her kayak as part of the record attempt.

“I had the idea. It’s only fair that I can do it,” said Rinderer, a mother of two and grandmother of four.

Sandy Rinderer, left, kayaking with her granddaughters, Hailey and Allison.Photo courtesy of Sandy Rinderer

If successful, his kayak/canoe parade will be the latest New Jersey feat immortalized by Guinness World Recordswho is known for a long list of accomplishments often driven by ingenuity.

Michael Amato in 2014 set the record for most chewing gum bubbles blown in one minute — 15 — in Union City. The Jewish Center of Princeton organized in 2012 for 834 people to simultaneously light menorahs, another record that still stands according to the Guinness website.

No one has surpassed David Meehan, who in 2000 tap danced 32 miles in 7 hours and 35 minutes at Red Bank.

Perhaps most notably, New Jersey holds the record for the longest ribbon cut – 5.51 miles – set in 2013 to symbolize the Jersey Shore’s return from Hurricane Sandy.

Getting a certified record, however, is no small feat.

“There’s a little more than just getting out there and paddling. There are a lot of moving parts,” Rinderer explained.

She will be required to provide, among other evidence, continuous, uncut video of the parade from start to finish. Course controllers on jet skis will be sent to every 30 boats to ensure that the rules are respected. Two independent witnesses must be present to provide confirmation. A surveyor must ensure that the course is at least one mile, the record paddling distance in Poland.

“I’m going to stick a hair out on this, just to be on the safe side,” she said.

She’s watching the Guinness website, just in case someone else topples the 2018 record before her event.

“I keep checking. As of today we are fine,” Rinderer said on Wednesday.

“I would like to have 400 boats, just to have a cushion,” she added.

The participation fee is $10 per boat.

Rinderer said kayaks and canoes — paddleboards are not allowed, she said — will depart from Avon Beach starting at 8 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m. Boats will head east along the shoreline of Pine Beach for half a mile, pass the Pine Beach Yacht Club and then return to the start area, according to the event’s website.

The event is rain or shine.

Rinderer and her husband, Rudy, own a house building business.

“My backyard is the Toms River,” she said.

Rinderer celebrated his 60th birthday by running a marathon in Greece. She started running in her early thirties, completing her first 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) run at age 32.

“You do so much, so you want to do something bigger,” she said.

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Sandy Rinderer running the Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon.Photo courtesy of Sandy Rinderer

Asked about her triathlons, she said she appreciates that they give her the opportunity to travel. In 2018, she completed Ironman Hawaii in 15 hours and 25 minutes. The last of the three segments, the 26.2 mile run – that’s marathon distance – took him just over six hours.

“I love being on the bike. It’s my favorite part of the events in all three disciplines,” she said.

Rinderer said she actually started planning her kayak/canoe world record attempt three years ago.

“Then COVID hit,” she said.

The delay, however, turned out to be somewhat fortuitous. The August 20 event will take place on what would have been the 100th birthday of her father, who died in January.

“Totally a coincidence. It was the weekend that was the best opportunity,” she said.

Rinderer, talking about their many outings, said she and her dad love to fish for crabs.

“He took us up the river and taught us to respect the water,” she said.

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Rob Jennings can be reached at [email protected].


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