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River race organised to help protect local environment

Across the pond in America people recently lined up along Highway 148 overlooking the Chickasawhay River in Shubuta, Mississippi to show support for, and cheer on kayakers and canoers as they participated in the annual Great Chickasawhay River Race.

Locals claim that the event is a wonderful way to highlight how appealing the area is, which is something local kayak organisers in the UK will be noting as they attempt to attract people from further afield. And with such a wide selection of fantastic kayaking and canoeing spots available in the UK there’s sure to be plenty for keen paddlers to try out.

One local said of the event: “Small communities have so much to offer that people have looked over for years, looking for the bigger things. The small towns have the answer now. People are relaxed, enjoying life, loving one another, and thinking positive”.

The race consists of a 22-mile journey that starts in Shubuta and finishes in Waynesboro, also in Mississippi. This year saw as many as 135 participants taking on the challenge which was clearly enjoyed by participants and spectators alike.

“You see all the different canoes and kayaks that the people bring. You would never see all of them in one store,” said one spectator when talking to a local newspaper.

Drew Walker the event organiser added: “People want to visit a clean river. They want to come to Shubuta and Waynesboro. They want to come to these communities where there is a clean river, where they can have a great time and safe time as well,” sentiments that UK organisers will share.

As well as bringing kayak and canoe enthusiasts together for a fun day on the water, Walker stated that the race is also on hand to help promote conservation of the river and keep it clean.

Are you thinking of entering some events this year? Why not take a look at our range of kayak and canoe accessories for sale and make sure you’re fully prepared?

Image: Mwanner under Creative Commons.

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