This Saturday, August 8th, the Georgia Conservancy and partners Uptown Columbus and Whitewater Express will return to the Chattahoochee in Downtown Columbus for the second annual Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle.
Last year, more than 1,100 paddlers ran the rapids of the world’s longest stretch of urban whitewater. This year, we look to impressively surpass that number!
Rafters will hit the water beginning at 9 AM and will be guided by the experts at Whitewater Express. Groups will continue to raft throughout the day until 6 PM.
Also, rafters and spectators are invited to join us for our after-paddle music showcase beginning at 3:00 PM in downtown’s Woodruff Park. Southern-indie record label This Is American Music will present incredible tunes from Blue Blood, Fire Mountain, Sailing to Denver and The Bohannon’s.
Our friends at SweetWater Brewing Company will be there, of course! Every Grand 2.0 paddler will receive a complementary wristband, souvenir cup and drink ticket (good for one SweetWater beer or Coca-Cola Company soft drink.)
The after-paddle party will also include a SweetWater Brewing Company beer garden, food trucks, outdoor restrooms, and Grand 2.0 merchandise.
Tickets for rafting and the after-paddle party start at just $25.
For those not rafting, a wristband for the after-paddle party is just $8 and includes a free beverage of your choice!
After the sun goes down, Whitewater Express employees (and any adventurous whitewater kayakers) will put on a “Saturday Night Lights” demonstration at the new section of whitewater illuminated by stadium lights.
The Georgia Conservancy will also host a Kick-Off Party on Friday, August 7 at The Loft in Downtown Columbus. Join us for live music, a SweetWater Brewing Company tap takeover and learn more about the incredible effort to restore the Chattahoochee River and create a world-class whitewater course.
Thank you to presenting sponsors, PricewaterhouseCoopers and TSYS.
For more information and to register, please visit: www.georgiaconservancy.org/thegrand
Brian Foster is the Communications Director for the Georgia Conservancy, a citizen of Atlanta and a proud native of Rome, Georgia. (Bio photo courtesy of Sarah Dodge.)