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SLIGHTLY WARMER TEMPS EXPECTED FOR NEXT WEEKEND’S POLAR BEAR PADDLE

Written by Matt Davis on January 5, 2018. Posted in News/Weather

Organizers of the annual Polar Bear Paddle expect that outdoor temperatures during the event will not be subfreezing like they are now.  This year’s paddle will take place on Saturday, January 13th.  The six-mile trip down the Etowah River from Grizzard Park to Heritage Park in downtown Rome will be hosted by the Coosa River Basin Initiative along with Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful and the Rome-Floyd ECO Center.

Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, Executive Director of the CRBI, anticipates that conditions will be a bit balmier for the Polar Bear Paddle than they have been lately, with highs expected to be in the 50s by next week.

There is no cost to participate in the paddle. Complimentary canoe and kayak rentals will be available on a first come-first served basis.  Registration will begin at 9 am, says Demonbreun-Chapman, who adds that the paddle trip will depart from Grizzard Park around 10 am (after a safety briefing); the trip will last about two hours.

An as yet to be determined supporter of the CRBI will take the plunge into the Etowah, if enough funds are raised.  Demonbreun-Chapman is likely to still be in recovery from having taken the plunge last year, his first year at the helm of the CRBI.

Donuts and hot chocolate will be provided to participants, along with shuttle service at the conclusion of the trip.

Register for the Polar Bear Paddle online at www.coosa.org. For additional information, call the CRBI at (706) 232-2724.

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