11th annual River Race draws record crowds

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ROSWELL, Ga. –– About 400 paddlers of all skill levels raced June 15 at the 11th annual Chattahoochee River Race and Festival.

They raced the eight-mile course on the river from Garrard’s Landing Park to the festival’s destination at Riverside Park.

After the race, a family-friendly free festival took place at Riverside Park until 3 p.m. and included live music and an array of exhibits.

Families flocked to the event and enjoyed the concert and exhibits.

The Atlanta Junior Rowing Association One exhibit was the most popular. The exhibit had a rowing machine (erg machine) that participants worked to beat the time listed for a T-shirt prize.

There were games and fun for children who were present during the festival as well. Entertainment for children included Captain Planet and zombie face painting.

A crowd gathered for the live music; one of the biggest attractions of the day was Tommy Talton and Freddy’s Finest.

The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization was pleased with the turnout.

Rob Bush, a paddler who placed in the race, said he enjoyed the race and festival.

“I have been competing in this race since 2004,” Bush said. “This year, we had a great turnout. The race and the festival are always lot of fun.”