Kent State students commute to Cleveland via the Cuyahoga River

Kent State University students are kayaking from Kent to Cleveland on the Cuyahoga River. (Kent State University)

Kent State University students, faculty, alumni and friends will kayak from Kent to Lake Erie this week to promote the Cuyahoga River as an asset for education, recreation and sustainability.

Eighteen kayakers will paddle 50 miles in the fifth annual Crooked River Commute, which commences at Heritage Park Friday morning and ends in the Flats. They’ll camp overnight at Heritage Farms in Peninsula and celebrate with a welcome party at 6 p.m. Saturday at Merwin’s Wharf.

Kayaks will be provided by Kent State’s Crooked River Adventures, a livery offering recreational and instructional opportunities on the Cuyahoga River and Mogadore Reservoir.

Kent State students will paddle 50 miles Friday and Saturday. (Kent State University)

Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and College of Architecture and Environmental Design aim to promote the health of the Cuyahoga River, along with its recreational opportunities. The school sees the river as a critical asset to the region’s future.

You can follow the kayakers’ trip live through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #CrookedRiverCommute.