PADDLE-A-THON

2024 Paddle-A-Thon

During Georgia River Network’s 2024 Paddle-a-thon, participants will compete not just to see who can raise the most money for river protection and water trail development, but who can…paddle the most miles, remove the most trash and even paddle the most miles with their pet!

Participants have the chance to win more than $8,000 in gift certificates, merchandise and services from our Paddle Georgia sponsors. There is no cost to participate. Simply register and start paddling and raising money!

What is a Paddle-a-thon? Our Paddle-a-thon works just like a walk-a-thon. Ask prospective donors to sponsor you at a specific amount or at a specific amount for each mile that you paddle on your own and/or during Georgia River Network events. How many miles will you paddle in 2024?

Stay tuned for more details about the 2024 Paddle-a-thon to be released soon.

Read on to review event information and prizes offered during the 2023 Paddle-a-thon.

Paddle Georgia 2023 Paddle-A-Thon Prizes!

Prizes totaling more than $8000 will be awarded in more than a dozen categories, encompassing both individual and team competitions!

Most Money Raised (Individual): The top fundraiser has their choice of the following prizes followed by the runners up until all prizes are claimed. We expect to provide prizes for at least the top ten individual fundraisers.

Most Individual Donations: Cedar Creek Outdoor Center ($250 gift certificate)

Most Miles Paddled: Cedar Creek Outdoor Center ($500 gift certificate)

Most Miles Paddled with Your Pet: Nestle-Purina ($250 gift certifcate)

Most Trash Collected During Paddle Trips: Public Lands ($500 gift certificate)

Strangest Piece of Trash Collected During Paddle Trips: Public Lands ($250 gift certificate)

Most Miles Paddled Associated with a Georgia State Park: Georgia State Parks 2-Night Cottage Getaway at one of Georgia’s State Parks ($400-$600 value).

Most Kayak Fishing Trips: Westbrook Supply Company and Crescent Kayaks Voucher for Stohlquist Fisherman PFD ($140 value) and $500 gift certificate toward purchase of new Crescent Kayak.

Most Miles Paddled on Water Trails Featured on the Georgia River Guide App: Oconee Outfitters ($200 gift certificate and 2 complimentary registrations for Full Moon Paddle on Oconee River–$90 value)

Most Paddle Trips: REI Trailmade 2 Tent ($179)

TEAM PRIZES: Paddle-A-Thoners can form teams of up to 10 people and compete for the following prizes.

Most Money Raised: A paddle trip and dinner party for up to 25 people courtesy of Georgia River Network.

Most Individual Donations: Classic Whitewater rafting trip for up to 10 people courtesy of Whitewater Express in Columbus, GA 

Most Miles Paddled: Prize Announced Soon!

How to Get Your Paddle-a-thon Started

We have made it easier than ever to solicit donations from friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and, yes, even strangers by signing-up for our online peer-to-peer fundraising tool.

Option 1 – Raise Funds Online:

  1. CLICK HERE to register and set up an online fundraising page.
  2. Then click on the Get Started tab to see links to registration page and to set up your online fundraising page.
  3. Create your account/page by completing all instructions.
  4. Make your first gift (to yourself) to see dollars in your account (or ask your biggest supporter to make your first donation now)
  5. Email everyone you know, pass the word in-person, make phone calls and direct everyone to your Paddle-a-thon page to contribute online
  6. Watch the dollars roll in!
  7. Email Joe at joe@garivers.org or call 706-409-0128 if you have any questions about your page or need help

Option 2-Facebook Fundraiser:

  1.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/
  2.  Select “Raise Money for a Non-Profit” then select Georgia River Network
  3.  Follow remaining steps and begin!

2023 Paddle-a-thon Sponsors

126 South Milledge Avenue, Suite E3, Athens, Georgia 30605 | (706) 549-4508 (phone) | info@garivers.org