12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

2014 back to the chattahoochee river race and festival

Don’t miss out on the 12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Roswell. They’re expecting more than 350 paddlers for this annual race, an 8-mile course that launches at 9 a.m. from Garrard Landing off Holcomb Bridge Road and finishes at Riverside Park.

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, June 14th, for the 12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival.

Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service and the city of Roswell, the event celebrates the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves nearly 4 million Georgians and 70 percent of metro Atlantans.

The RACE begins at 9 a.m. at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards. This 8-mile course includes exciting Class I-II rapids and concludes at Riverside Park, the site of the FREE family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation.

The FESTIVAL, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is FREE and family friendly. The community will enjoy live music and an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers’ market vendors. Children will be treated to Frisbee dog demonstrations, face painting, balloon artists and more.

The power-packed music lineup: Headliner Sol Driven Train’s music weaves through genres like a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band’s sonic schizophrenia absorbs American influences like Jon Prine and Paul Simon, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms into honest songs about life, love, loss, and long johns.  Half City is a young band that met while attending the Music Matters Rock U program. The band is comprised of 15-16 year old musicians that have been performing at local venues and festivals since they were 10 years old. Tommy Talton’s third release from Hittin’ the Note Records in October 2012, titled Let’s Get Outta Here, he has written the most compelling music of his career.

Awards will be presented in all categories at the conclusion of the race, including awards for Best Costume and Best Boat Decoration. The race also includes a Team Challenge as a way to build pride, morale and camaraderie among groups such as companies, schools, and clubs. As a special treat for racers only, paddlers will be greeted at the end of the course by the SweetWater Beer Barge. Paddlers can enjoy sodas, water, or a SweetWater brew (for patrons 21 and over) before going ashore.

Advance online registrations closes at noon on June 11th. Advanced registration cost is $40 for solo boats, $60 for tandem boats. They are nearing capacity for the race and the 2013 race sold out.

Onsite registration, if capactity not met (June 14): $50 for solo, $70 for tandem boats. All registered paddlers will receive a gift bag, a race T-shirt, a boxed lunch, and a one-year membership in CRK.

Click here to register for the 12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival.

 

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