Locals paddle down river for annual canoe/kayak adventure
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July 04, 2014 11:06 PM | 1188 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Roswell resident Noam Zelman and Marietta residents Michael McCarthy and Jerry Ellis paddled 110 miles this summer on the Chattahoochee river as part of Georgia River Network’s Paddle Georgia 2014, the country’s largest week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure. It took place June 21 to 27 on the Chattahoochee River from Cumming to Franklin, this annual canoe and kayak adventure brings together more than 400 people each year from across the Southeast, the U.S. and world introducing citizens to Georgia’s rivers and raising money to protect those waterways.

An annual educational adventure and fundraiser for GRN, a statewide river advocacy group, Paddle Georgia is celebrating its tenth year. In the event’s first nine years, organizers have guided more than 2800 paddlers down more than 900 miles of Georgia rivers, including trips on the Chattahoochee, Etowah, Ocmulgee, upper Flint, Coosawattee-Oostanaula, Broad-Savannah, Oconee, Altamaha, and lower Flint rivers. The trips have generated more than $180,000 for river protection in Georgia.

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

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