Local Entities Prepare for Scenic River Trail Race in Wetumpka

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Eleven teams from across the U.S. and Canada will depart from Lake Weiss for the Great Alabama 650, a paddle boat race extending south to Mobile Bay on the Alabama Scenic River Trail. The Elmore County Economic Development Authority (ECEDA), Elmore County Commission, City of Wetumpka, Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Wetumpka will help coordinate efforts to welcome and support teams as they pass through the area.

The Alabama Scenic River Trail is the longest river trail in a single state. Race participants will be equipped with GPS and monitored live on the AL650.com website as they paddle along waterways, sometimes racing into the night and camping along the river.

The race will last up to 10 days, with designated portages at Lay Lake, Lake Mitchell and the nearby Lake Jordan dam. Racers will have a team of members at portage locations to assist them. Participants are expected to traverse the Wetumpka area’s portion of the Coosa River at some point during September 16-17 and will have a “technical check in” at Coosa River Adventures. This will be the 240-mile point in the 650-mile paddle race. After passing check in, racers will continue the race to Mobile, and prize money of $22,500 will be split between three winning divisions.

For up to date information and real time leaderboard visit www.AL650.com

For more information contact ECEDA (334) 524-0817 or cary.cox@elmoreeda.com


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