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Paddle Georgia coming to area
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March 04, 2014 01:36 PM | 3574 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia, the country’s largest weeklong canoe/kayak camping adventure, will return to the Chattahoochee River this summer and will go through northwest Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Vinings. The event will celebrate its 10th year of introducing people to Georgia’s rivers and raising money to protect those waterways.

Paddle Georgia 2014, which will have more than 400 paddlers, will launch on the Chattahoochee below Buford Dam near Cumming June 21 and travel for seven days and 115 miles, finishing the journey June 27 in Franklin, southwest of Atlanta.

The first Paddle Georgia in 2005 followed the same route.

During the event’s first nine years, the network has introduced more than 2,800 paddlers to more than 900 miles of water trails on 11 different rivers. Along the way it has generated more than $180,000 for river protection.

“Last year, the event sold out in less than 24 hours,” said network Executive Director April Ingle. “The response has been overwhelming. After 10 years, it has become a trip that people mark on the calendars and look forward to all year.”

Though all spots for the 2014 event have been taken, Paddle Georgia is now registering participants for its 2015 event. As of Feb. 21, more than 150 participants signing up for this year's ride raised more than $50,000.

Information: Joe Cook, (706) 409-0128 or joecookpg@gmail.com or Dana Skelton, (706) 549-4508 or info@garivers.org or http://www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia
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