FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hahira, Georgia, November 10, 2021 —
The 2021 First Prize winner set a new record for the WWALS Boomerang paddle race, from Georgia into Florida and back:
Lloyd Reeves of Crescent City, Putnam County, Florida, in the St Johns River watershed.
He was also generous, handing back the prize money.
All seventeen paddlers had a good time on a cool, sunny, fall morning.
The Withlacoochee River water levels were just right, so everybody
floated right over the one shoal.
Two college paddlers from Valdosta State University CORE were sponsored by
Dry Pocket Apparel and Packaging Corporation of America (PCA).
WWALS thanks those and other sponsors, the other paddlers,
and the silent auction bidders, for a successful fundraiser.
Of the nine female and eight male paddlers, 12 were from Georgia, and 5 from Florida.
Tallahassee’s Leon County, Florida, had almost as many paddlers (4)
as local Lowndes County, Georgia (6),
and Tallahassee had as many as Valdosta (4 each).
The farthest paddler came from DeKalb County, GA, on the other side of Atlanta.
Lloyd Reeves drove 167 miles to win the six-mile course (3 down and 3 back)
in 58 minutes and 43 seconds with his accurately-labeled fastkayak.com.
That beats the previous record of
1:16:42, made last year by Jackson Buttery of Tallahassee. Continue reading