Chattahoochee River Race and Festival to Take Place This Saturday

chattahoochee-riverThe Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper hosts the annual river appreciation event this Saturday.  The festival includes live music, kids’ activities, environmental exhibits, and race awards presentations.

The race begins at Garrard Landing Park at Holcomb Bridge Road and finishes at Riverside Park which is where the festival is held.  Beginning at 9am the race includes open and recreational categories, various age divisions, solo and tandem canoe divisions and kayak and sea kayak divisions.  Competitive paddlers will take on a 10 mile course and recreational paddlers will race an 8 mile course.

New this year are two new categories of awards; Best Costume and Best Boat Decoration.

The festival at Riverside Park takes place from 10am to 2pm.  The live music i s provided by the Watershed Project and will feature local musicians; Gareth Asher, Christopher Alan Yates, Amy Gerhartz, Brian Binsky and Emily Kate Boyd.

The event which is organized by the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, is designed to celebrate the river and create a sense of community of the metro Atlanta residents that use the river.

Registration at the race costs $50 for solo and $70 for tandem boats and is available so long as spots are open.  All registered paddlers will receive a gift bag, race T-shirt, a boxed lunch and a one year membership in the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Proceeds from the race will help protect and preserver the Chattahoochee.

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