|Paddle Georgia 2013 Sells Out in 24 Hours|
On Valentine’s Day, river enthusiasts from across the nation showed their love for Georgia’s rivers by signing up for Paddle Georgia 2013, selling out this summer’s week-long canoe and kayak adventure on the Flint River in less than 24 hours. "Last year, the trip sold out in a little more than 2 weeks,” said April Ingle, Executive Director of Georgia River Network (GRN), the organizer of the event. "This year’s response surpassed all expectations. It’s a hot ticket – almost as hot as a Rolling Stones concert.” Registration opened at 9 a.m. on Feb. 14 and by the following morning all the spots on the trip were sold. The trip set for June 15-21 will involve more than 350 paddlers on a 106-mile journey on the Flint River.
An annual educational adventure and fundraiser for GRN, a statewide river advocacy group, Paddle Georgia is entering its ninth year. In the event’s first eight years, organizers have guided more than 2400 paddlers down more than 800 miles of Georgia rivers, including trips on the Chattahoochee, Etowah, Ocmulgee, Flint, Coosawattee, Oostanaula, Broad, Savannah, Oconee and Altamaha rivers. The trips have generated more than $125,000 for river protection in Georgia.
The 2013 edition will introduce paddlers’ to southwest Georgia’s unique Flint River. Fed by clear cold springs bubbling up from the Floridan Aquifer, the lower Flint flows from Lake Blackshear Dam near Warwick, through Albany and on to Bainbridge and the backwaters of Lake Seminole. Along the way, paddlers will coast beneath ancient limestone bluffs, cool off in "blue hole” springs and get a chance to see alligators, otters, bald eagles and a host of other wildlife.
More than just a canoe trip, Paddle Georgia will include educational programs on the river’s cultural and natural history, tours of facilities and historic sites located along the river, nightly games and entertainment, camping, and even a research program in which participants will help collect chemical and biological data to give a snapshot of the current health of the river. On the river by day, at night, the participants will camp at nearby facilities such as local high schools and will shuttle to and from the river each day. For additional fees, hot breakfasts and dinners are provided, along with sack lunches.
In addition to supporting GRN’s efforts to protect Georgia’s rivers, proceeds from this year’s event will provide funding to the Flint Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization working to protect the Flint River from its headwaters near Atlanta to its confluence with the Chattahoochee River in southwest Georgia.
Through support from sponsors and individuals, GRN offers "scholarships” for both teachers and students to participate in the trip. Georgia teachers can participate and receive Georgia Adopt-A-Stream and Project WET training so that they may include environmental education in their classroom activities.
Oglethorpe Power Corporation; StreamTechs ; Cedar Creek RV and Outdoor Center; Chambliss, Sheppard, Roland & Baxter LLP; China Clay Producers Association; Sea to Summit; The Outside World; Cellairis and the Len Foote Hike Inn. Event partners include the Georgia Canoe Association; Georgia Adopt–A – Stream; Project WET; and Flint Riverkeeper.
Georgia River Network is a non-profit 501c3 organization working to ensure a clean water legacy by engaging and empowering Georgians to protect, restore and enjoy our rivers from the mountains to the coast.
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