BURLINGTON, VT. >> The founder of a paddleboarding race held on the waters of Lake Champlain says the sport is growing in both Vermont and nationwide.

The Burlington Free Press reports Russ Scully's brainchild, The Stand Up for the Lake paddleboard race, has quadrupled its participants during the past eight years of the event.

This year's race featured 85 paddlers from around the country who competed in two events: the 6-mile elite course or the 3-mile recreation course.

Maryland native Ron Gossard, winner of the men's elite race, says he attributes the rapid growth of paddleboarding to how easy it is to get out on the water.

The race has raised more than $57,000 for the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, which offers environmental education and water accessibility programs to the community.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com