Here are the winners of the WWALS Boomerang paddle race, from Georgia at State Line Boat Ramp in Lowndes County past Brooks County, into Madison and Hamilton County, Florida and back again. Everybody had fun and wants to do it again next year. We’re thinking of billing it also as a Georgia-Florida contest. Lots more pictures and videos are being posted.
Thanks to everybody who paddled and who helped, especially to our sponsors and vendors: Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority (VLPRA), Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB), Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia, Boy Scouts of South Georgia, NWXpeditions, VSU CORE, South Georgia Photography Fanatic, the YMCA, and The Salty Snapper, and to the UPS Store for making a great race banner for the WWALS Boomerang 2018, as well as to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department for providing a deputy.
The other pictures in this blog post, except as otherwise noted, are by Gretchen Quarterman for WWALS.
Follow the links for pictures of each winner, as well as many more pictures on the WWALS website. Click on any small picture to see a larger one.
|1.||1:30:39||Tom Potter||1 M Kayak||Overall Winner||Withlacoochee||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|2.||1:44:26||Peyton McKenzie||1 M Kayak||Solo Male Kayak||Duck||outside||Manchester||Coffee||TN|
|3.||1:45:38||Dylan Phillips||1 M Kayak||Best Teenager||Little||inside||Hahira||Lowndes||GA|
|4.||1:53:16||Dan Phillips||1 M Kayak||Best Posthole Digger||Little||inside||Hahira||Lowndes||GA|
|5.||1:54:41||Chip Battle||1 M Paddleboard||Solo Male Paddleboard||Flint||outside||Albany||Dougherty||GA|
|6.||1:58:34||Bret Miller||1 M Paddleboard||Top Outfitter||Little||inside||Barney||Brooks||GA|
|7.||2:20:42||Jaree Bush||1 F Kayak||Solo Female Kayak||Withlacoochee||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|8.||2:20:58||Dallas Bush||1 M Kayak||Top Dad||Withlacoochee||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|9.||2:22:07||Myron McKenzie||1 M Kayak||Fartherest||Obion||outside||Rutherford||Gibson||TN|
|10.||2:22:22||Jessica Gault||1 F Kayak||Fartherest||Obion||outside||Rutherford||Gibson||TN|
|11.||2:24:53||Eliza McKenzie||1 F Kayak||Youngest Girl Age 6||Withlacoochee||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|12.||2:26:55||Zavier McKenzie||1 M Kayak||Youngest Age 4||Withlacoochee||inside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
|13.||2:27:17||Bobby McKenzie||1 M Kayak||Last||Withlacoochee||outside||Valdosta||Lowndes||GA|
8 Solo Male Kayak
3 Solo Female Kayak
2 Solo Male Paddleboard
All the first adults coming in went the full three miles down and three miles back. The Bushes went part way, and possibly so did some of the other youngest people. We will have people stationed at the turnarounds next year to record who goes how far.
Thanks to the others who helped, including Bret Wagenhorst for bringing the timeclock and the Finish banner: don’t forget the BIG Little River Paddle Race, April 27, 2019, at Reed Bingham State Park, between Adel and Moultrie, Georgia.
Thanks to Sara Jay and Shirley Kokidko for tabulating the results, to Dan Phillips and Scotti Jay for digging the hole, planting the post, and attaching the Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail (WLRWT) signs to it.
Thanks to Phil Hubbard for printing those signs.
Thanks to Ronnie Thomas, the new Chair of the Outings Committee, for assisting final preparations online and on the water.
Thanks to Gretchen Quarterman for starting the race, videoing the results, and handing out the awards.
Thanks also to any one I have neglected to mention.
Special thanks to Bobby McKenzie, whose idea it was, and who worked tirelessly to make the WWALS Boomerang happen.
Other pictures have already been posted, mostly on the facebook event for the WWALS Boomerang. Here are links to those photosets and a few selections from them:
- Bret Miller
- Gretchen Quarterman
- Bobby McKenzie
- Scotti Jay
More pictures and videos are still to be posted.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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