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NY gov bests NYC mayor in Adirondack river race

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's team won the rafting race, but he hopes the Adirondacks region will be the real winner.

Cuomo held the inaugural "Adirondack Challenge" over the past two days in the Indian Lake area of the Adirondacks. The event culminated with a whitewater rafting race between Cuomo's team and another led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The governor's office says his team nosed out the mayor's by 18 seconds.

But the underlying goal of the event was to promote tourism in the 6-million acre Adirondack Park, the largest state park in the country.

"We just wanted a vehicle to expose the beauty of the Adirondacks to the rest of the state and to the rest of the country. We have about 50 million tourists per year that come into New York City. New York City is a global tourist destination. We want to say to those 50 million tourists, 'Yes, New York City's great. We love it and we're happy that you came to see New York City; we also want you to see the rest of the state,'" said Cuomo, D-New York.

Cuomo said the state will begin airing a TV ad Tuesday to promote recreation in the Adirondacks and the North Country.

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