Lo­cal res­i­dents set to Pad­dle Ge­or­gia

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nual Bi­cy­cle Ride Across Ge­or­gia, Pad­dle Ge­or­gia is more than just a ca­noe and kayak trip. The event will in­clude ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams on the rivers’ cul­tural and nat­u­ral his­tory, tours of fa­cil­i­ties and his­toric sites lo­cated along the river, nightly games and en­ter­tain­ment, 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 Broad and Sa­van­nah.

In the past, pad­dlers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the trip have ranged in age from 4 to 74 and fam­ily groups are com­mon.

“We’ve had

peo­ple come on this trip that have never pad­dled be­fore and now they are life-long pad­dlers,” said Joe Cook, co­or­di­na­tor of the event. “This is an ad­ven­ture that changes peo­ples’ lives.”

The trip also serves as a fundraiser for Ge­or­gia River Net­work and lo­cal wa­ter­shed groups, in­clud­ing the Broad River Wa­ter­shed As­so­ci­a­tion and Sa­van­nah River­keeper.

Ge­or­gia River Net­work is a non-profit 501c3 or­ga­ni­za­tion work­ing to en­sure a clean wa­ter legacy by en­gag­ing and em­pow­er­ing Ge­or­gians to pro­tect and re­store our rivers from the moun­tains to the coast. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.garivers.org.

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