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WATERFEST XV Set For June 5-6, 2015

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CRBI's Paddlesports Extravaganza 

CRBI's 15th annual paddlesports extravaganza is set for June 5-6, 2015 at Rome's Heritage Park on the Coosa River. Join us for paddle-powered fun including our 6-Mile Canoe and Kayak Race on the Oostanaula, Canoe & Kayak Tug-O-Wars in our mammoth Big Cedar Creek pool and the Blue Sky Outfitter's Recycled Raft Race!


Registering to participate in our 6-Mile Etowah/Coosa River Race

Registering your team in the Canoe Tug-O-Wars

Registering to compete in Blue Sky Outfitter's Recycled Raft Race

Competing for prizes (and glory) in the WATERFEST Canoe-a-thon Fundraising event.

Scroll down to learn more about each of these events.

Click here to view photos from last year's WATERFEST on CRBI's Facebook Page


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Cedar Park 2011

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Schedule of Events

(Tentative schedule - subject to change)

Friday June 5

5-8 p.m.: Kayak Tug-O-Wars (Children's Divisions Begin at 5 p.m. followed by adult divisions)

Saturday June 6

8-10 a.m.:  Race Boat Drop off At Grizzard Park on the Rome Bypass

8-10 a.m.: Race Registration at Heritage Park

9-11 a.m.: Recreational Class Race Launch from Grizzard Park

11 a.m.: Open Class Race Launch from Grizzard Park

11 a.m.: Recycled Raft Race Launch from Ridge Ferry Park

1 p.m.: Canoe Tug-O-Wars Begin

2 p.m.: Race Awards

3 p.m.: Canoe-a-thon Awards






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6-Mile Etowah/Coosa River Race

Kayak Paddler

We call it a race, but if you'd like to kick back and drift as you enjoy the beautiful Etowah, we encourage you to do so!

For those that want to grab the glory, prizes will be awarded for top finishers in multiple categories. 

This course is a flatwater run from Grizzard Park to Heritage Park. Along the way you'll paddle between ancient islands, over a Native American fish weir and through bucolic Floyd County. Don't be surprised if you discover a mussel or two along the way!

Registration fees are $40 for solo boats and $50 for tandem boats through May 29. Fees increase by $10 after May 29. Complimentary canoes and kayaks are available while they last. Don't hesitate, reserve your boats now! Your registration fee includes shuttles to launch site, t-shirt and SWAG bag.



Canoe Tug-O-Wars

Canoe Tugs

The most fun you'll ever have in two feet of water! In 2014, 16 teams fought it out  for our top cash prize. This year's event is expected to be even bigger!

How does it work? Simple. We tie two canoes together, stern-to-stern, put three paddlers in each canoe and let 'er rip. The first team to paddle to their end of the pool wins! WATCH THE VIDEO.

Registration fees are $80 for a four-person team through May 29 (the 4th paddler is your us, after a couple of tugs you'll need a sub!) Fees increase by $20 after May 29. Fees include event t-shirts and SWAG bags for all teammates. Winners receive a $200 cash prize, gift certificates to local restaurants in Rome, a big gaudy trophy and braggin' rights. Runners up receive gift certificates to local restaurants.

NEW THIS YEAR! Canoe Tug-O-Wars for Scouts. We're out to find which local Boy Scout Troop has the most paddling brawn. Register your team today and challenge another Troop to participate. Registration fees are $40 for four-person teams. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and runners up.


 Click here to view kayak and canoe tug-o-war photographs

Blue Sky Outfitter's Recycled Raft Race

Held during River Revelry last year, for 2015 Blue Sky Outfitter's Recycled Raft Race is joining the WATERFEST line up.  In years past, our raft race participants pulled out all the stops and anything that could float made its way down the Oostanaula much to the delight of onlookers who enjoyed the "race" to the finish line at Heritage Park. Merchandise and gift certificates from Blue Sky Outfitter will be given to in the following categories: 1st Place, Best Engineered, Most Original, and Most Enthusiastic Crew. 

Cost: Only $35, includes one-year CRBI membership!!

 Register online NOW! or visit Blue Sky Outfitter in Rome or Cartersville.

Prizes up for Grabs in Canoe-a-thon Competition

Old Town Canoe

More than $3000 in prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers in our Canoe-a-thon competition so get out those contact lists and start generating some funds to protect your river!

Here's how it works: Solicit donations to protect the Coosa by downloading a Canoe-a-thon sheet OR set up your own online fundraising page and solicit your friends, family and business associates via e-mail, facebook and other social media.  It's simple and easy and they can make their donations online with a few mouse clicks.

If you raise over $110, you can request your race registration fees to be waived.


An Old Town Saranac 146 Canoe valued at $599 courtesy of Johnson Outdoors

A Perception Sport Kayak from Cedar Creek Park in Cave Spring valued at $319

Patagonia clothing

More prizes will be announced soon!

Set Up Your Fundraising Page at CRBI's Canoe-a-thon Website Follow this link and click the JOIN NOW button.

Download a Canoe-a-thon Pledge Sheet


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