The Fourth Annual Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle – August 12

Aug 4, 2017

For Immediate Release Contact: Brian Foster Communications Director 404-876-2900 x 104

Georgia Conservancy and partners present Columbus' largest weekend of whitewater rafting ATLANTA (August 1, 2017) Georgia’s capital for outdoor recreation? Columbus. For the fourth year in a row, the incredible Chattahoochee River whitewater will play host to the Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle on August 12, bringing more than a thousand people from across the South into the city and onto the ‘hooch. This year’s adventure hopes to break the record as the largest weekend of whitewater rafting in Columbus history.

Record breaking whitewater rafting, live music and cold beer - The Grand 2017 is bigger, better and wetter than ever. Nicknamed “The Grand”, the celebration of Columbus’ whitewater course, presented by The Georgia Conservancy, Uptown Columbus, Whitewater Express and Sweetwater Brewing Company, will feature an entire Saturday of whitewater rafting on the Chattahoochee at discounted prices.

Cool down and take to the ‘hooch with the talented team from Whitewater Express as they shepherd more than a thousand rafters down the river, starting at 9 AM and continuing throughout the day until 5 PM when the final group of rafters tackle the rapids on their 2-hour long journey. The big splash? The Grand offers a full Saturday of discounted whitewater rafting starting at $25 per person. VIP registration is also available and includes unlimited whitewater rafting and zip-lining.

Every paddler of legal drinking age will receive a free SweetWater Brewing Company beer at The Grand After-Paddle Party hosted in the shade at Waveshaper Island, with VIP guests receiving a complimentary brews and a Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle t-shirt. Waveshaper Island overlooks the best rapids on the Chattahoochee, providing the best action views of the river. Starting at 3 PM, The Grand After-Paddle Party will feature music from the Georgia Conservancy’s favorite pickers, Sailing to Denver, and is open to not only all those who braved the Chattahoochee with us earlier in the day, but to curious onlookers, as well.

“The Georgia Conservancy is excited to continue our celebration of Columbus, Georgia with our annual Grand Columbus Whitewater Paddle,” says Georgia Conservancy President Robert Ramsay. “Communities across Georgia should pause and give notice to the positive and sustainable strides being made by Columbus. The restoration of the Chattahoochee to its free-flowing rapids and the revitalization of a once-abandoned section of the city has shown that celebrating our natural wonders, even in an urban center, is good for the environment and for the economy. The leadership and community collaboration to complete a project of this magnitude was incredible.”

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