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Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

Paddlers of all ages and skill levels will take to the water on Saturday, June 13 for the 13th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival.

Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) in partnership with the National Park Service, Fulton County and the city of Roswell, the event celebrates the Chattahoochee and fosters a sense of community around the river that serves more than 4 million people and 70% of metro Atlanta.

The RACE is an 8-mile course with Class I-II rapids. It begins at 9 a.m. at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road and includes competitive and recreational categories for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards. Awards, including Best Costume and Best Boat Decoration, will be presented after the race. Companies, schools, and clubs can also participate in the Team Challenge.

REGISTER NOW!

Advanced registration is available through June 9 for the fee of $50 for solo boats and $70 for tandem boats. After June 9, onsite registration costs are $70 for solo and $90 for tandem boats and will be available based on capacity. All registered paddlers will receive a gift bag, race t-shirt, boxed lunch, and one-year membership to CRK.

As a special treat for racers only, paddlers will be greeted at the end of the race by the SweetWater Beer Barge with sodas, water, and SweetWater brew (for patrons 21 and older) before going ashore for the festival.

NEW THIS YEAR: Racers – now your paddle strokes can do more than propel you across the finish line. Help protect clean water by raising money for every mile of your race. Click here to learn more

The FESTIVAL, held at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is FREE and family-friendly with live music from three bands 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 fun activities.

How you can give to Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

The scale of the devastation in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Haiyan is immense.  The death toll is over 1,700 and rising.  Many predict it to reach over 10,000.Those who have survived have gone days without food or fresh water.  Doctors are desperate for medicine to treat the wounded.Air Force Capt. Antonio Tamayo told the Associated Press:  "It's overwhelming.  We need more medicine. We cannot give anti-tetanus vaccine shots because we have none."The longer survivors go without help, the greater chance of disease.According to the AP:  "a reporter drove through the town for around 7 kilometers (4 miles) on Wednesday, seeing more than 40 bodies. He saw no evidence of any organized delivery of food, water or medical supplies, though piles of aid have begun to arrive at the airport. Some people were lining up to get water from a hose, presumably from the city supply."How can you help?There are many organization which have set up websites for funds for disaster relief.   The American Red Cross will take your donations online.  The link for its website is here.  UNICEF reports an estimated 4 million children were affected by the storm.  You can also give via 'UNICEF Responds' by clicking this link. UNICEF will also accept donation via text. Just text RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10.Save The Children has set up a Typhoon Haiyan Children's Relief Fund.  You can access the information here.The Salvation Army has a web page for you to give as well.  Here is the link.  According to the Salvation Army, you can also text TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10 and reply YES to confirm your donation.CARE is asking for donations which can be made via this online link or by calling 1-800-521-CARE within the U.S.

Unfortunately, there are also thieves ready to steal your money during this horrible human tragedy.  Clark Howard has more information on how to donate and not get ripped of by clicking here.

Photos from Macy's 'Glamorama' fundraiser

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