MEDFORD, MASS. (WHDH) - Dozens of cardboard canoes hit the water in Medford on Saturday for the second annual race at Wright’s Pond.

Area kids got the chance to put their skills to the test and all of the money raised from the event supports local nonprofit M3 Outdoor Adventures.

“To me, this is one of the best events that we can run this year,” Medford’s Recreation Director Kevin Bailey said.

Organizers say the competition is a way to get kids away from screens and outdoors.

“It’s just awesome, right?” Nik Tower, Founder of M3 Outdoor Adventures said. “We have too many people who are on phones, or screens, or indoors and the greatest part of life is outside.”

Some of the homemade boats stood the test — others did not.

“We’re having fun,” said racer Desmond Lambert. “Everyone seems to be having fun … that’s what we’re here for.”

The festivities continued on shore with face painting and a performance from a live band.

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