BIG Little River Paddle Race is
cancelled due to weather.
Postponed due to weather to 2PM, Sunday, April 25, 2021.
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Adel, Georgia, March 22, 2021 — You could win in any of a
dozen categories, or up to $300 if you beat the previous winning
record time. But you are not required to race: it’s a nice spring
paddle anyway! On Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Reed Bingham State
Park, between Adel and Moultrie, Georgia, it’s the ninth annual BIG
Little River Paddle Race. There will be lunch and a kayak raffle.
You can just paddle along this scenic three-mile stretch of
tea-colored river on the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail
among cypress trees, turtles, birds, and yes, alligators. (Don’t pet
the alligators and they aren’t likely to bother you.) This race also
has fierce competitors, with one past winner finishing in barely
more than half an hour.
BLRPR mastermind Bret Wagenhorst, an eye doctor in Tifton, GA, and a
charter board member of WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc. (WWALS),
said, “After having to cancel last year’s event due to the
Covid-19 pandemic, we found a way this year, with staggered heats
and limited boats, to try to keep the event within Covid guidelines
for outdoor activities. This is a great opportunity to learn about
the joys of paddling canoes and kayaks, to see the natural beauty of
our region’s blackwater rivers, and to have fun while getting some
outdoor exercise with family and friends.”
There are several categories in which you could win, from fastest
paddler, one and two person canoe (male and female), solo or tandem
kayak (male and female), youngest paddler, oldest paddler, paddler
from furthest away, and slowest paddler.
Photo: Bret Wagenhorst, of 2019 First female tandem kayak:
Megan Robinson & Lily Robinson, of Tifton, GA.
Dianne Walters, president of Friends of Reed Bingham State Park
(FORB), said, “This is a great community event, with
volunteers from all around helping paddlers from everywhere.”
Wagenhorst added, “in 2019, the first woman across the finish
in a solo kayak was Nikki York, of Adel, GA. And for the first time,
a canoe finished first to win the $100 cash prize. It was a
two-person canoe of gentlemen from Gray, GA: Continue reading