Students to kayak entire length of Rock River

Follow Jon Gress, Jake Boucher, and Garrett Feik as they kayak the Rock River from the Horicon Marsh to its end at the Mississippi—320 mile trip beginningTuesday, May 13.

The end of a school year is always bittersweet. It is difficult to say “goodbye”, and yet the opportunity to go home, start new employment, summer ministry opportunities and other activities make for exciting times for the Maranatha students.

As an alumnus, you likely recall that the first part of the student’s task is the need to find a means to get to his summer destination. Cars, planes and trains are, perhaps, the most common methods. This year, two of our students have discovered an innovative way to get home and are using their “travel” as a means to support Maranatha Baptist University’s new mascot, the Sabercats.

Gress, senior Biblical studies major, and Boucher, sophomore business management major ad their friend from back home, Garrett Feik, have determined to kayak the Rock River from its beginning at the Horicon Marsh in Wisconsin to where it meets the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities area of Illinois.

This trip will take them approximately 18 days.

There will be opportunity for you to greet them on their travels as they stop each night in a Wisconsin and/or Illinois town. Jon, Jake and Garrett have established a Facebook page: for you to follow on their journey, and they will be posting a daily blog of their adventures. The map on this page provides locations for you to view and encourage them as they travel.

Please pray for them as they paddle their way home.

The men hope to raise funds for Maranatha’s new mascot costume, the re-painting of the gym floor and the purchase of new uniforms for the athletic teams. The objective that they have established is to raise $10,000 through this trip.

You can assist these men by sponsoring their trip on the Rock River. Please consider making a donation. You may go to make your donation or mail a check to:

Maranatha Baptist University
745 West Main Street
Watertown, WI 53094

I wish Jon, Jake and Garrett good water, and congratulate them for being the first to attempt to travel in its entirety our new 320-mile national water trail as designated by the U.S Park Service and the U.S. Dept. of Interior on May 11, 2013. Please support them in any way you can, “ said Frank Schier, founder of the Rock River Trail.