WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) is Suwannee RIVERKEEPER® WWALS advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
WWALS: BLRPR 2017 paddlers and winners 2017-04-29 [Up]
Dwight Griner of Berrien County, Georgia won for the fifth time; see also the press release.
A dozen other boats received prizes, as a record number of people paddled in the Fifth Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, April 29, 2017. Tifton and Tift County had the most paddlers, but the awards show more boats from Moultrie and Colquitt County. Lowndes had the second most paddlers, and there were two people each from Cook and from far-away Houston and Harris Counties, and one from Thomas County.
This year's BLRPR included three popular new attractions:
Perhaps the food was the most popular, since everyone was hungry after racing (or leisurely paddling) down the beautiful blackwater Little River beneath cypress and pines in the springtime.
These pictures show the start at Red Roberts Landing in Cook County on the Little River and the finish at the Colquitt County landing on the lake in Reed Bingham State Park, Georgia. Thanks everyone for helping WWALS educate the public about our fabulous rivers and conserve them for everyone to use.
This was an all-hands-on-deck event for WWALS: every board member and many others too numerous to mention helped in some way, and of course Friends of Reed Bingham (FORB) and the park rangers at Reed Bingham State Park.
I would especially like to call out the BLRPR mastermind, Bret Wagenhorst; the president of FORB, Diane Walters; and Phil Hubbard, who was involved in more ways than almost anyone else.
And of course the Sponsors, several of whom contributed items for the silent auction:
Many people bought tickets for the kayak raffle. You can still get your raffle tickets online. The drawing will be at the WWALS Annual Meeting, 7PM Wednesday July 12, 2017, in Valdosta, GA. You do not have to be present to win, but you will be responsible for picking up the kayak if you win.
Table of Paddlers and Winners
#? marks a paddler who was not registered in the race. Register next time and you'll have a chance to win while helping even more!
Curiously there were no entrants from Berrien or Brooks or Lanier Counties, Georgia, and none from Florida. Looks like WWALS also needs to hold a paddle race on the Suwannee River in Florida. Maybe we'll do that this fall.
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS) advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities. John S. Quarterman is the Suwannee Riverkeeper®, which is a staff position and a project of WWALS Watershed Coalition (WWALS) as the Member of the Waterkeeper® Alliance for the Suwannee River basin. WWALS is a 501(c)(3) educational charity.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
You can join this fun and work by becoming a WWALS member today!
We do not actually have a picture of Dwight Griner crossing the finish line because he got there so fast nobody was ready with a camera.
First a few videos:
The still picture labels are:
* for pictures of people clocking in
Pictures are by Kat Brim and Wes Hubbard, using equipment supplied by Phil Hubbard,
Dwight Griner, overall winner
Jay York, 1st solo male kayak
Hubbard, Potter, Robinson
Ray Cummings, 1st solo male canoe
Beatriz Potter, 1st solo female kayak
Jessica Brumfield & Kirby Smith 1st mixed tandem kayak
Woody Weeks & Anthony Weeks 1st male tandem kayak
Hur and Magat
Ray and Patty Barber 1st male-female tandem canoe
Dekle & Horst, Dowdy, Dowdy, Harris & Harris
Judy Shiflett & Lily Robinson 1st female tandem kayak
Karen & Tom Johnson farthest
Scott James & girls 1st three person canoe
Jaree Bush youngest
Bush, Sam & Sherri Wright, Presley & Ashley Vickers, Laura Kate Wright
Larry, Alex, Amber Ogdens
Luke and Colt Key 1st male-male tandem canoe
Tracey and Randy Wall
James and Jerry Walker
Bret Wagenhorst, mastermind of BLRPR
Friends of Reed Bingham
Phil Hubbard, who supplied the prizes, the raffle kayak, the food, grilled it, and he paddled!
Lots of boats
All the starters (except those who joined in later)
Ready on the water
And they're off!
Past the bridge
Heading to the finish line
Time to eat and raffle