The Georgia River Network's Paddle Georgia has, in the past, been considered the country's largest weeklong canoeing/kayaking event, drawing hundreds of people to Georgia's Flint River every June. In the 15 years since it's inception, it's never been canceled.
This year, however, it's seeing significant changes due to COVID-19.
The need for social distancing has turned what was once a multi-occupant event one open to small groups and individual riders. In what has been deemed as the 2020 "Pandemic Edition," outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to organize their own day trip or multi-day paddle experience on their favorite body of water with family or a small group of friends, then share the experience on social media with the hashtag #PaddleGeorgiaPandemic.
One of the best things to come out of the "Pandemic Edition?" Those who register to log a collective 4,000 miles on Georgia's waterways are helping to raise $40,000 for river protection.
Registration costs $50 and includes a T-shirt, face mask and boat decal for all participants.
The event runs from now through August 6.