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Canoe race to benefit center elevator fund
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Proceeds from a canoe and kayak race on the Etowah River Aug. 6 will help fund an elevator at the Dawson County Senior Center.

"We're so grateful to have this. The seniors really need an elevator," said Margie Weaver, center director. "We're so close and this will be a really big help to us."

Registration is currently underway for the race that will begin at River Park on Hwy. 9 South and end about 9 miles downstream on Kelly Bridge Road.

The first class of racers will launch at 9:30 a.m. The race will feature both competitive solo and tandem classes for both canoe and kayaks, as well as a non-competitive family class.

Competitive class participants will receive a T-shirt to commemorate the event. A cookout and awards ceremony will follow the race. Awards will be given to the top racers.

Most participants will be able to complete the race in between three to four hours. Checkpoints will be set up along the trip for safety purposes.

Entrance fees are $30 per person for each competitive class and $30 per boat for the family class.

For more information, call David McKee at (706) 344-3604 or e-mail