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12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

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Registration extended to June 11th or when it sells out. Do not miss out on this floating party. If you have already registered with the river keepers, Please still do respond on here so we will know who is going.

You must go to:

to be officially entered. If you do not register through the River Keepers you will not be allowed to participate.

When you register, tell them you are with Atlanta Area Paddlers. The group with the largest number of entrants gets bragging rights!

This trip is suitable for beginners. If you do not have a boat you can rent one for $35. It will be delivered to the starting point and picked up at the end. The rental fee for the boat is separate from the registration fee for the event.

To rent a boat, go to:

Please read!! Please follow directions!!

You will respond on this site so we will know who is coming from AAP, but you must go to the UCR site to register and pay.

VERY IMPORTANT ....when you register you will be asked if you want to be part of the Team Challenge. Answer "yes" please and put the team name as: Atlanta Area Paddlers. For the last two years we had the biggest group, this year we want to blow away second place.

Last year our theme was "Patriotic". This year it will be "The Roaring Twenties". Let's make our group stand out!

This is always a fun day for young and old alike. Come early on race day, our group will stage near the front of the line but it is hard to hold spaces,,, so again, come early and drop your boats, then you can go and find the coffee!!!

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 and Festival. The race course begins at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and ends at Riverside Park in Roswell, the site of the FREE family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation.

Organized and presented by Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR) in partnership with the National Park Service, Fulton County, and the city of Roswell, the event is organized to celebrate the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves 3.5 million Georgians and 70% of metro Atlantans.

THE RACE begins at 9am and includes open and recreational categories, various age divisions, solo and tandem canoe divisions, as well as kayak and sea kayak divisions. Paddlers wanting a competitive race will traverse the 10-mile course, while recreational paddlers will take the eight-mile course. Both include exciting Class I-II rapids and conclude at Riverside Park. Timing officials will be provided by Georgia Canoeing Association.

Paddle for a Purpose. Don't let your participation stop at the river's edge. Join us today by asking your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you for every mile you race in the 8- or 10- mile course. Whether it’s $5, $10, or $20 a mile - your efforts will allow us to continue our mission of preserving and protecting the Chattahoochee River for the 3.5 million Georgian’s who depend on it.

THE FESTIVAL at Riverside Park, 10am to 2pm, is free and family-friendly. Racers and others will enjoy live music plus Riverside Park’s “spray ground,” face painting, balloon artists and other family-friendly activities, as well as vendors and an array of environmental exhibits.

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. Race fans can cheer on their favorite crafts from several locations: Island Ford, Don White Park and the take out. As a special treat for racers only, paddlers will be greeted at the end of the course by the SweetWater Beer Barge (UCR’s own pontoon boat). Paddlers can enjoy sodas, water, or a SweetWater brew (for patrons 21 and over carrying a valid ID) before going ashore.