What with all the toxic, poop-enhanced, STD-ridden sludge flowing through it, you couldn't pay us to dip a pinky toe in the Gowanus Canal. But some brave souls donned their finest hazard suits—or at the very least, a baggy wetsuit that might as well be a hazard suit—and patriotic gear to take part in the Gowanus Challenge today, an annual canoe race to raise money for the canal. Considering the fact that everyone involved with the race risked death-by-gonorrhea by taking part, we think they all deserve a hearty glass of Gowanus wine to celebrate.