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How you can win prizes paddling local rivers
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The Georgia River Network is offering more than $8,000 in prizes as part of the annual Paddle-A-Thon competition. Photo submitted by the Georgia River Network

An ongoing competition will award prizes to local kayakers, paddleboarders, rafters and canoers as they enjoy rivers, including the Etowah and Chattahoochee rivers in Forsyth County. 

The Georgia River Network recently announced more than $8,000 in prizes for paddlers as part of the annual Paddle-A-Thon competition, which will include more than a dozen categories including most miles paddled, most trash picked up and most kayak fishing trips. 

“People who venture out on our state’s rivers inevitably want to see those rivers protected; that’s why we want people out exploring our rivers,” said Rena Peck, GRN executive director, in a news release.  “Our annual Paddle-A-Thon is one of our most important fundraisers and this year, in celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary, we are expanding the Paddle-A-Thon competition to include non-fundraising categories and get more people involved in our river movement.”

The competition began on New Year’s Day and will continue through Sept. 6, and each participant will pay a $35 registration fee. The competition also allows teams of up to 10 members.

Among the prizes are a $500 gift certificate from Public Lands in Kennesaw for most trash removed, a $250 gift certificate from Nestle-Purina for most miles paddled with a pet, and a $500 gift certificate from Cedar Creek Outdoor Center in Hiram for most miles paddled.

“We know there are paddlers out there that logged nearly 1,000 miles on Georgia’s rivers in 2022,” said Peck. “Paddle-A-Thon gives everyone a chance to use the miles they paddle to protect the rivers they love.” 

Winners will be announced at the Georgia River Network’s 25th-anniversary celebration this fall.

To register, log trips or for more information, go to