You’ve seen who won the eleven awards. Now here are the rest of the paddlers in the 6th Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, from more counties, states, and watersheds than ever before. Also more Solo Female Kayaks than Solo Male Kayaks, and several whole families of paddlers.
18 Solo Female Kayak
16 Solo Male Kayak
4 Tandem MM Canoe
4 Tandem MM Kayak
3 Solo Male Canoe
2 Tandem MF Canoe
2 Tandem MF Kayak
1 St. Johns
2 St. Petersburg
2 Ty Ty
1 Crescent City
1 Fort Valley
1 Norman Park
You may wonder how can the number of paddlers be 49 when previously we said more than 50 paddled? We have registration forms for several people who paid but did not paddle. Plus several people bid on the silent auction who did not paddle.
As usual there were more kayaks than canoes.
Male paddlers outnumbered female paddlers, but there were more Solo Female Kayaks than Solo Male Kayaks.
How can there be 11 Awards with only 7 Categories? Because BLRPR also gives awards for oldest and youngest paddlers, and for the one from farthest away. The oldest paddler this time was also one of the winners for Tandem MM Canoe.
Plus two people got a Fallers Award from the WWALS Outings Chair. The same two also won the Tandem MM Kayak category.
Most of the paddlers were from within WWALS watersheds, in more or less the order you might expect, with the Withlacoochee River the most represented.
I was somewhat surprised by how many paddlers were from the Alapaha River watershed, some from Tifton, andsome from farther upstream.
Also the Suwannee River was only represented by one person who lives near Suwannacoochee Creek. We separated out Okapilco River for Colquitt County paddlers, because that’s what Colquitt County calls it. Our neighbor the Flint River had more people than Okapilco River, and people came from some watersheds far away.
Tift, Lowndes, and Colquitt Counties had the most paddlers, all from within WWALS watersheds. Surprisingly, Mitchell and Jones Counties, Georgia, and Pinellas County, Florida, came in next from other watersheds, beating our own Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Crisp, and Clinch Counties.
Valdosta ties Tifton if we don’t separate Troupville. It’s quite a mix beyond those two. Moultrie was well-represented.
Last year we had nobody from Florida. This year three Floridians paddled, and one of them won First Prize. The other two won the award for Travelled Farthest.
This table lists the times of all the paddlers, and where they came from, with links to pictures of them paddling. Many thanks to Dianne Walters of FORB for the times. If I have spelled anybody’s name wrong, that would be my fault, so contact me (jsq).
|1.||30:15||Lloyd Reeves||1 M Kayak||Overall Winner||St. Johns||outside||Crescent City||Putnam||FL|
|2.||39:06||Dan Phillips||1 M Kayak||Solo Male Kayak||Little||inside||Hahira||Lowndes||GA|
|3.||39:43||Phil Hubbard||1 M Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|4.||41:16||Bret Miller||1 M Kayak||Little||inside||Barney||Brooks||GA|
|5.||41:33||Wayne Hale & Terry Donahue||2 MM Canoe||Tandem MM Canoe||Ocmulgee||outside||Gray||Jones||GA|
|Wayne Hale||Oldest age 69|
|6.||41:55||Russell McBride||1 M Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Quitman||Berrien||GA|
|7.||42:37||Gregory Antonoplos & son Paul||2 MM Kayak||Tandem MM Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|Gregory Antonoplos & son Paul||Fallers Award|
|8.||45:51||Wes Hubbard||1 M Kayak||Alapaha||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|9.||46:47||Jason & David Riley||2 MM Canoe||Okapilco||inside||Moultrie||Colquitt||GA|
|10.||48:40||Ray Cummings||1 M Canoe||Solo Male Canoe||Flint||outside||Fort Valley||Peach||GA|
|11.||50:17||Billy Dale Hayes||1 M Kayak||Little||inside||Lenox||Cook||GA|
|12.||54:59||John S. Quarterman||1 M Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Hahira||Lowndes||GA|
|13.||56:28||Tracey Vellidis||1 F Kayak||Solo Female Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Tifton||Tift||GA|
|14.||58:51||David & Rickard Pollock||2 MM Kayak||Alapaha||inside||Tifton||Tift||GA|
|15.||59:23||Sydney Doss||1 F Kayak||Little||inside||Tifton||Tift||GA|
|16.||1:02:47||Annette Banks||1 F Kayak||Little||inside||Norman Park||Colquitt||GA|
|17.||1:03:12||Victoria & Paul Horst||2 MF Kayak||Little||inside||Tifton||Tift||GA|
|18.||1:30:28||Francine Pitts Rossman||1 F Kayak||Okapilco||inside||Moultrie||Colquitt||GA|
|19.||1:04:47||Kelly Beavers||1 F Kayak||Alapaha||inside||Chula||Tift||GA|
|20.||1:05:24||K.C. Beavers||1 M Kayak||Alapaha||inside||Chula||Tift||GA|
|21.||1:05:59||George Vellidis||1 M Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Tifton||Tift||GA|
|22.||1:17:44||Winfred E. Dowdy Jr.||1 M Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|23.||1:18:40||Morgan Richards||1 F Kayak||Little||inside||Ty Ty||Tift||GA|
|24.||1:19:29||April Richards||1 F Kayak||Little||inside||Ty Ty||Tift||GA|
|25.||1:19:32||Irene Clark||1 F Kayak||Little||inside||Omega||Tift||GA|
|26.||1:19:34||Margaret Richards||1 F Kayak||Flint||outside||Albany||Dougherty||GA|
|27.||1:19:54||Brenda Doss||1 F Kayak||Little||inside||Tifton||Tift||GA|
|28.||1:21:15||Michasia Dowdy||1 F Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Troupville||Lowndes||GA|
|29.||1:21:50||Glen Harris||1 M Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Tifton||Tift||GA|
|30.||1:23:44||Sam Cornwell||1 M Canoe||Flint||outside||Camilla||Mitchell||GA|
|31.||1:23:50||Brandon Carter||1 M Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|32.||1:24:00||Amelia Cornwell||1 F Kayak||Flint||outside||Camilla||Mitchell||GA|
|33.||1:26:11||Cindy Greene||1 F Kayak||Alapaha||inside||Arabi||Crisp||GA|
|34.||1:27:19||Megan Green||1 F Kayak||Skidaway||outside||Savannah||Chatham||GA|
|35.||1:27:28||Angie McDaniel||1 F Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Brookfield||Tift||GA|
|36.||1:27:43||Pam Cornwell||1 F Kayak||Flint||outside||Camilla||Mitchell||GA|
|37.||1:28:37||Kurt & Donna Knuth||2 MF Canoe||Tandem MF Canoe||Hillsborough||outside||St. Petersburg||Pinellas||FL|
|Kurt & Donna Knuth||Traveled Farthest|
|38.||1:30:22||Etta Lee||1 F Kayak||Suwannee||inside||DuPont||Clinch||GA|
|39.||1:35:08||Paul Tolar||1 M Canoe||Okapilco||inside||Moultrie||Colquitt||GA|
|40.||1:36:30||Eliza McKenzie||1 F Kayak||Alapaha||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|41.||1:36:48||Bobby McKenzie||1 M Kayak||Alapaha||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|42.||1:36:50||Zavier McKenzie||1 M Kayak||Youngest Age 4||Alapaha||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|43.||1:36:59||Bret Wagenhorst||1 M Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Tifton||Tift||GA|
The McKenzie family had a good time.
And BLRPR Organizer and WWALS Board Member Bret Wagenhorst followed, being the sweep, to make sure nobody was left on the water.
See you next year, Saturday, April 27, 2019, for BIG Little River Paddle Race 2019!
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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