14th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival 

  SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, June 11, 2016

 Garrard Landing Park and Riverside Park, Roswell

 9 a.m. (race), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (festival)

Advanced Registration is Closed.

If you would like to be added to our wait list, please contact Tammy Bates.

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, June 11, for the 14th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival.

Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service, and the city of Roswell, the event is organized to celebrate the Chattahoochee and foster a sense of community around the river that serves 3.5 million Georgians and 70% of metro Atlantans.

The FESTIVAL, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10am to 3pm, is FREE and family-friendly. Racers and others will enjoy LIVE music plus an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmers market vendors.  For the kids: Frisbee dog demonstration, face painting, balloon artists and other family-friendly activities.

Live music includes: Tommy Talton & Friends, Jon Harris Band, Echoes and Falling Off Cliffs!

The RACE begins at 9am at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddle Boards. This 8 mile course includes exciting Class I-II rapids and concludes at Riverside Park, the site of the FREE family-friendly festival, music and awards presentation.

Awards will be presented in all categories at the conclusion of the race, including awards for Best Costume and Best Boat Decoration. The race also includes a Team Challenge as a way to build pride, morale and camaraderie among groups such as companies, schools, and clubs. As a special treat for racers only, paddlers will be greeted at the end of the course by the SweetWater Beer Barge. Paddlers can enjoy sodas, water, or a SweetWater brew (for patrons 21 and over) before going ashore.

Advanced registration is available April 24 through June 8 for the fee of $50 for solo boats and $70 for tandem boats. After June 8, onsite registration costs are $70 for solo and $90 for tandem boats and will be available based on capacity. Onsite registration will only be available if we do not reach capacity. All registered paddlers will receive a gift bag, a race T-shirt, a boxed lunch, and a one-year membership in CRK.  Cancellation Policy: Refunds permissible until June 6.  Note: Boating equipment is not provided.  Click here for a list of local outfitters.

Proceeds go to support CRK’s mission to protect and preserve the Chattahoochee River system for the people and wildlife that depend upon it.

Become a Sponsor! With the continued threats our river faces, CRK needs your support more than ever. Click here for more information on sponsoring.

Interested in exhibiting at the festival? Email [email protected] for all inquiries and information.

This event runs on VOLUNTEER POWER! If you would like to help us make this event a success – Click here to register as a volunteer!